Sunday, 2 February 2014

Nichi-Yōbi News: Week 5 - Sayōnara!

Well, it's been fun, but January (sadly) is over for another year, and it's time to pack away our kimonos and bid farewell to January in Japan.  Before we shut up shop for 2014 though, I just wanted to remind everyone of what's been going on over the past month :)

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The past few Sundays have seen some great links in our Nichi-Yōbi News round-ups.  I'm hoping to find a few quiet minutes to store them all on the J-Lit resources page for posterity, but for now, you can always check out all the pages for some great news, reviews and links to free online J-Lit.

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We've also been very fortunate, spoiled even, by the number of books offered for our
Golden Kin-Yōbi giveaways.  So far, we've had twelve happy winners, and our final giveaway (which closes on Thursday!) will produce six more.  Many thanks again to all the contributing publishing houses: PM Press, Pushkin Press, Columbia University Press, Kurodahan Press, Stone Bridge Press and Peter Owen Publishers.

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This year, we've continued every Wednesday with our J-Lit Giants series, and 2014 has seen five more greats of Japanese Literature inducted into our pantheon.  This time around, we even managed to make up for some of last year's oversights - both Nobel laureates (Kenzaburo Oe and Yasunari Kawabata) were honoured, and Yoko Ogawa and Banana Yoshimoto became the first female members of our hall of fame. Many thanks to Matt Todd for his excellent contribution on Shusaku Endo too :)

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Finally, we had a few more events happening this year.  Many people have submitted their reviews (see the 2014 Book Reviews tab at the top of the page), and the linky will remain open for a week or so for you to get your late reviews in.  Jacqui was kind enough to submit a guest review of Hiromi Kawakami's Strange Weather in Tokyo (AKA The Briefcase), and we also had two group readalongs.  The first, Yoko Ogawa's The Diving Pool, was a great success - the second, Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood... wasn't ;)

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Thanks to everyone who has taken part over the past month, whether that entailed taking part in the readalongs, posting reviews, leaving comments or just trying to win books - it all helps make the event what it is :)  But that's it for 2014; it's been a lot of fun, but pretty frenetic too (I'm due for a rest now...).

If you're lucky, I might see you all in 2015... ;)

14 comments:

  1. Thank you, Tony, for hosting this and for introducing us to great literature. I don;t actually see myself ever stopping from reading Japanese literature. Last, but not least, thanks so much for the numerous books offered :)

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    1. Ally - Glad you enjoyed the month, and I hope you found out about some new books to read :)

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  2. Yep, thanks for hosting. Good excuse to pull a few things down from the TBR pile that have been there for too long.

    As for the (lack of success) of the Norwegian Wood readalong, I didn't participate because I've already read it, and wanted to use this as an excuse to tackle some stuff I hadn't. Maybe it was a bit TOO entry level? I'd guess that a lot of people who find their way here already have an interest in Japanese Literature, and to be honest I can't think of anything that's more gateway than NW. I could be completely wrong, of course.

    Either way, everything else looks pretty successful as far as I can see. Good job :)

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    1. kamo - I think you're right. Also, I think Bellezza may have done a readalong of that last year or the year before, and we move in some of the same circles...

      Never mind - it mostly went OK ;)

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  3. Aw, I'll miss January in Japan :( Thank you so much for hosting it again Tony!

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    1. Carola - Thank you :) I may do a readalong when Bellezza starts her challenge again in June/July, so stay tuned ;)

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    2. Will do! And this time I'm closely following both of you so I won't miss out on de Japanese Literature Challenge again ;)

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  4. Hi Tony, seems I missed this one, but I did just post my Japanese Lit Challenge 7 reviews. I'll keep my eyes open for a read along if you do one with Dolce Bellezza in June/July.. Good work for promoting the Japanese Authors.

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    1. Tamara - That's a shame (and you missed out on all the giveaways too...). Keep watching for more J-Lit ;)

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  5. I want to travel in Japan!! I like Japanese culture and anime.

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    1. Anime Lovers - Hope you get the chance one day :)

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  6. Remind me that I need to come to Japan in January NEXT year?! I keep forgetting!

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  7. Even worse, I have The Swimming Pool on Mt TBR :((

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    1. Gnoe - Yes, you'll have to keep JiJ in your diary next year ;)

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