Nihon no Kinyoubi (Japanese Friday) is a new feature here at Brizmus Blogs Books inspired by French Friday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Charlotte at the Book on the Hill. Charlotte features French bookish things, and I plan on featuring Japanese bookish things, though I won't limit myself if I find something non-bookish that I think will interest you guys.
This week, let's look at something bookish.
Most Japanese (globally) best-selling authors write, oddly enough, mysteries. Now, I'm a mystery fan, but I've never actually read a Japanese mystery.
One of the few Japanese bestselling authors that does not write mystery just so happens to write in one of my favorite genres - Historical Fiction.
Perhaps you've heard of him: 司馬遼太郎 Or, in English, Ryotaro Shiba. Author of the Last Shogun.
I love this book, and I'm guessing you would, too! This week, I thought we'd look at the English and the Japanese covers of this book, as they are amazingly different.
Don't even ask me to try to translate that title! Tokugawa something.
It's amazing how plain the Japanese one is compared to the English one.
What do you guys think?