January is fast moving towards its end, and there isn't long to go for this year's January in Japan (sigh...), but let's not dwell on that - there's still a lot going on for you to enjoy :)
A couple of weeks ago, via The Literary Saloon, I saw a piece on Haruki Murakami by translator and academic Michael Emmerich which would be of interest to the writer's fans. It was only when I got around to reading the article that I realised that it was actually part of a wider series, 'Chasing Murakami'. Click here to see all the articles available, or feel free to move on if Mr. M's work is not to your taste ;)
Another interesting translation-related piece I saw recently was from a site called J'Lit - Books from Japan. It's one of those excellent sites that plugs away, promoting the country's literature, and one of its latest posts was on the translation of a lengthy piece of classic J-Lit, Ryotaro Shiba's Saka no ue no kumo (Clouds above the Hill). It's a very interesting piece on the translation of a big, big book - and the rest of the site's well worth a browse too :)
One of my favourite bloggers, me. of Nihon Distractions, keeps me up to date with what's available online in J-Lit, and there was a recent post with more great (mostly) free online J-Lit links. Click here to see what the recent collection consists of, and don't miss the links at the bottom of the page to the first two posts.
As always, don't forget to check out the rest of the JiJ blog to see what you might have missed during the week. Our latest J-Lit Giant inductee was Kenzaburo Oe (and about time too...) while this week's Golden Kin-Yōbi giveaway, courtesy of Kurodahan Press, features books by Osamu Dazai, Ivan Morris and Mieko Kanai.
That's all for this week, but before I go, I just thought I'd mention that our second readalong, of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, is scheduled for next Thursday (30/1). Just to avoid confusion, this date is actually the one when everyone is *posting* their review (next time, I really need to find an alternative word to 'readalong'...). I hope to see all your reviews then :)