Reading Room

Tokyo Underworld – Coming to a Theater Near You!

Aug 7th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan by Robert Whiting was a great read – a historical page turner that takes a look at life in post World War II from the point of view of Nick Zapetti, a shady character and sometime con-man who finds himself “in [...]



Zen Buddhism Explained in English

Jan 10th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

The Linji lu, The Record of Linji, has been the essential text of Zen Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. This work is the first complete English translation of the Linji lu and will surely be a valuable resource to practitioners of Zen Buddhism and those interested in learning more about the history of the [...]



Arcade Mania! We Have A Winner

Dec 21st, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Thanks to all that participated in the first ever give-away at The Nihon Sun.  It is my pleasure to announce that Andrew from Colorado has won his very own copy of Arcade Mania! The Turbo Charged World of Japan’s Game Centers. Andrew is in the arcade game repair and sales business has an interest in [...]



How You Can Win Arcade Mania!

Dec 11th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Yesterday, I told you all about Arcade Mania!, a great new book about game centers and the history of arcade games in Japan.  If you have ever played Space Invaders, tried to pick a stuffed toy out of a UFO Catcher or spent any amount of time in an video arcade anywhere in the world [...]



Games, Games, Games – Win Arcade Mania!

Dec 10th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Arcade Mania! The Turbo Charged World of Japan’s Game Centers is a great book that is filled with facts, history and graphics from some of the most well known video games in the world and some that can only be found in Japan.  Written by Brian Ashcraft with Jean Snow, the book is as fun [...]



Detective Stories of Old Edo

Dec 5th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Follow the adventures of one of Japan’s first literary detectives, as he solves a variety of intriguing crimes committed in old Edo.  Featuring uniquely Japanese characters and compelling plots, “The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi” written by Kido Okamoto (1872-1939) presents readers with a number of intriguing crimes committed in old Edo (now Tokyo).  The [...]



Kateigaho International Edition (KIE)

Oct 30th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Reading Room

Japan’s Art’s & Culture is the theme of this great magazine that is published quarterly in English. Every edition of Kateigaho International Edition includes great photographs that are matched with equally gripping in-depth articles.