Book review: 『駐在日記』 by Yukiya Shoji

Yukiya Shoji is a prolific author of fiction who wrote several mystery novels including the series "Tokyo Bandwagon" (東京バンドワゴン). 『駐在日記』 was first published in 2017 and got its first pocket edition this year (2020). There is a second volume entitled 『あの日にかえりたい』(published in 2019), which seems to be the direct following of 『駐在日記』. It is certainly..

Book Review: 『日本語びいき』by Yumi Shimizu

Illustrations by ヨシタケシンスケ 『日本語びいき』 is definitely one of my best books of the year! The author, Yumi Shimizu (清水由美), is teaching Japanese to foreign students and wrote this book for her fellow native Japanese speakers. Through 21 short chapters, she invites her reader to rediscover the Japanese language and let oneself be amazed by patterns..