A date that will live in infamy

Although a formal declaration of war would not come until December 8, it was on this day, 81 years ago, that World War II began for the United States. Naval forces of the Empire of Japan launched an unprovoked attack on U.S. military facilities at Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans died in the aerial bombardment, and another 1,000 were wounded. Continue reading “A date that will live in infamy”

Japan and the struggling brick-and-mortar bookstore

I’ve been a student of the Japanese language since 1988, and I’ve made numerous trips to Japan. I made my first trip there in 1992, in fact. I love Japan.

Whenever I travel to Japan, a bookstore is always first and last on my list of destinations. No sketchy bars and geisha houses for me. Take me to the bookstore…Japanese-language books are like gold to me—a bookworm and an enthusiast of the Japanese language

Printed Japanese-language reading materials aren’t that easy to acquire at reasonable prices in the United States.

What about Amazon, you ask? Oh, that it were only that simple. Continue reading “Japan and the struggling brick-and-mortar bookstore”

New Japan-related series coming

Those of you who know my full history know that I spent about twenty years working in and around the Japanese automotive industry. 

I am definitely a Japanophile. The history, culture, and language of Japan have long fascinated me. Japan has never been my permanent place of residence, but I’ve traveled there more times than I can count. 

I learned the Japanese language in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I spent some time working as a translator/interpreter. My Japanese is a little rusty nowadays, compared to what it was in 1995 or 2000, when I was doing simultaneous interpretations at business meetings. But I can still manage an adult-level text  or a news broadcast in Japanese. 

I’m working on a new fiction series,  set in Japan in the early 1990s. It will feature young Gen X protagonists. (Generation X was young in the early 1990s.)

Like all my books, this series will be available on Amazon, in both Kindle and paperback. But I may experiment with some other forms of distribution as well. (I’ve been wanting to try audio-first releases, possibly serialized here on Edward Trimnell Books, for example.)

More information to follow!