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TW Book Club: What We’re Reading This Month

For our March pick, we remember the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

By Weekender Editor

Have you joined the Tokyo Weekender Book Club yet?

Come join us as we dive into (mostly) contemporary books that are either written by Japanese authors, are set in Japan, or have some sort of connection with Japan.

We read a new book every month! Previous reads include Sweet Bean PasteMs Ice Sandwich and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

What We’re Reading Now

Water, Wood and Wild Things: Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town by Hannah Kirshner



In April, we explore. Water, Wood and Wild Things: Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain a deep-dive into the meditative rituals of tea ceremony, paper making and more, set in the heart of Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture. Chapters are interspersed with beautiful illustrations and enticing recipes, allowing us to savor her storytelling through multiple mediums.

Also happening this month is our very first TW Book Club event! We have managed to secure the author of our April author for an exclusive Q&A. Make sure to follow us on all our social media accounts (listed below) and stay tuned for the official event details.

I’ve Got The Book, Now What?

To join the discussion, join our group on Goodreads, send us a note on Twitter or tag us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #TWBookClub to make it easier for us to find you! We’ve also recently launched a Facebook page for more fun discussions!

One final request: please use common sense if you’re sharing something that may be considered a spoiler. Tag it, include a warning, or try to work around it.

How it Works

The book club is completely free and online-based so you can join us from wherever you are in the world.

We’ll announce our next picks every month so you have time to decide whether you want to join us for this round. Something else to be excited about: we also plan on organizing exclusive in-person meetups and Q&As with authors and translators in the future. Maybe even a book swap in 2021?