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The Survivors of Mt. Obasute - A Love Story

The Survivors of Mt. Obasute – A Love Story

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, Writing

    The Ballad of Narayama If you’ve ever seen Shohei Imamura’s 1983′s stunning, The Ballad of Narayama, you will have an inkling (but only an inkling) of what my similarly themed, The Survivors of Mt. Obasute, is all about. Whereas Imamura’s tale takes place 200 or so years ago, my version of the practice

Koshien Heroes - High School Baseball in Japan

Koshien Heroes – High School Baseball in Japan

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, Writing

Oh, the joy of baseball in summer, and especially, the joy of baseball THAT summer!   What dreams are made of One thing Japan has right, almost above and beyond anything else in this fine country is the twice-yearly national high school baseball tournament. In spring and summer both, local and then prefectural playoffs take

The Shunga Tales: A spicy comedy of sex and art

The Shunga Tales: A spicy comedy of sex and art

By Larry Knipfing | Japan, Writing

My latest short book, The Shunga Tales, is set in Japan. Its two main characters: a bored young American-Max, and Murasaki, an elegant female artist old enough to be Max’s grandma, have fun together drinking sake, enjoying erotic art and…making love. This is a fun, funny story that explores the themes of sexuality and art and

Crow, the King of Sumo: Fun and Fantasy and Friendship and Sumo in Edo

Crow, the King of Sumo: Fun and Fantasy and Friendship and Sumo in Edo

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, Writing

  Crow, the King of Sumo My idea for this story happened in much the same way that little Koji-kun first realized who Crow was at the beginning of this tale: I was paging through a book of sumo ukiyo-e when I can upon one painting that stunned me: one of the wrestlers looked like

Horace - Exploring the theme of courage in my latest novella, 'Horace'

Horace – Exploring the theme of courage in my latest novella, ‘Horace’

By Larry Knipfing | Japan, People, Writing

  I admire courageous people. Horace is one of them. Starting at an early age (Horace and the Bird and Horace in New York) he displays the instinctual ability to do what is right in the toughest of situations. He doesn’t think, he just does. Later, as a teenager, Horace finds himself living in Japan

The Wonder of Japan Tourist

The Wonder of Japan Tourist

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., Japan, Photography, Writing

 Me & Japan Tourist One of the things that keeps me most busy these days is Japan Tourist (www.japantourist.jp). I am the regional partner for Kanagawa and Tochigi prefectures, and I spend a lot of time traveling around the country visiting beautiful, interesting places, photographing them, and then writing about them. Tough job, huh? Japan

Kevin James, Where Art Thou?

Kevin James, Where Art Thou?

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., Japan, People, Writing

Where is Kevin James when you need him? Seriously. Kevin’s grandfather and my grandfather were brothers. Kevin and I are both Knipfings. My short story The Jan-Ken Junkie, and my short story Koshien Heroes would be perfect vehicles for Kev to strut his stuff with and to showcase his acting talents. In fact, they have

The Poetry of <i>A Clockwork Orange</i>

The Poetry of A Clockwork Orange

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., People, Writing

Audiobooks always have the potential to be better or worse than the original book, depending of course on how well the narrator does with the material. A Clockwork Orange, the classic Anthony Burgess novel from 1962, has recently been re-recorded for Caedmon. The reading, performed by Tom Hollander, is a revelation, and one that Burgess would