Jul 15

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. A haunted house built on an ancient burial ground? That’s minor league. How about […]


Nov 19

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon’

By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Imagine coming home to find a stranger in your house. He acts like he owns the […]


Aug 14

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘The Osamu Tezuka Story’

By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as a program coordinator at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. For many, the newest publication from Stone Bridge Press will seem like a long lost friend. Originally serialized in 1989 and completed in […]


Jun 19

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘The Birth of Kitaro’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. What has hair as sharp as needles, a tongue like a chameleon’s, and one […]


Dec 6

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Welcome to the most difficult book review I have ever written. Not only am […]


Nov 1

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan is the fourth and final volume of the […]


Dec 20

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan is the third volume in a four-part manga […]


Aug 1

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. School might be out, but that doesn’t mean your educational summer reading can’t […]


Dec 29

JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. Shigeru Mizuki is a world-famous manga artist and writer best known for his work on yokai, which […]


Aug 29

JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Yurei: The Japanese Ghost’

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at JTB’s New Jersey office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Do not read this review. If you are foolish enough to read this review to […]


Nov 8

JQ Magazine: The 18th Japanese Film Festival — More Films, More Countries

  By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Taking full and outrageous advantage of being a JETAA member, Eden returns again this year to watch and review the 18th Japanese Film Festival, now covering both Australia and New Zealand, with more films than ever. It’s so big that both himself and Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) will shoulder the burden of covering this, […]


Nov 1

JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Starting Point: 1979-1996’ by Hayao Miyazaki

By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is quite unlike its sequel, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (read JQ’s review here). Technical rather […]


May 10

JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Turning Point: 1997-2008’ by Hayao Miyazaki

By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. I consider myself an aficionado of director and animator Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Having seen his work countless times, visited the museum in Tokyo and […]


Apr 26

JQ Magazine: Book Review—‘Monkey Business Volume 4’

By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and volunteer. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School and is the professional development chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. If you have job opportunities for JET […]


Dec 7

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Manga Translator Zack Davisson on Shigeru Mizuki

  By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. A scholar, author and translator of Japanese folklore and ghost stories, Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) joined the JET Program […]


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