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Looking for a new book to read or a film to watch? Here is a collection of our Library’s recently reviewed items on Tumblr.

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Lust, Commerce, and Corruption

A rather well informed samurai of 1816 chews the fat on the ills of society and in so doing, provides remarkable insight into the machinations of ordinary life of the period. It’s goldmine of gripes that transcends ages and cultures.

The Ninja

This book takes a closer look at the established image of Japan’s enigmatic ninja. These lethal, stealthy warriors had ancient but traceable beginnings and their compelling discipline endures into the modern day.

Onsen of Japan

Bathing is one of the defining recreational pursuits of Japan. Not simply getting clean under a shower but have a long soak in waters naturally rich with minerals and heated from underground by geothermal activity.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life

A management philosophy, known in Japan as kaizen, achieved global fame due to the turnaround in the Japanese economy after the war. This book is mostly about re applying its principles on an individual level for personal wellbeing rather than workplaces. Small and easy-to-read.

One Punch Man

Slightly different to your usual shonen fighting genre. From the onset, our titular hero is already overwhelmingly undefeatable and this doesn’t change despite escalatingly foes. Fortuitously, this allows him to focus on more challenging concerns such as being perennially broke.

Killing Commendatore

Popular novelist Haruki Murakami wields his imagination deftly in this story revolving around a secret masterpiece hidden in the old studio of a famous painter. A thoroughly cohesive and satisfying work.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

A beloved pet and his doting owner go on a road trip for the ages. Readers needn’t be fur tragics to enjoy this touching, humourous sojourn across Japan that offers more depth than first appearances suggest.

The Last Children of Tokyo

Elderly who age but don’t die and children who are born so frail that they seldom reach adulthood. The Last Children of Tokyo is an unusual sci-fi story of a poignantly different future society.

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