Made in Occupied Japan


Recently an acquaintance I’ll call Eric gave me a chrome-plated naphtha lighter similar to a Zippo. The lighter was manufactured by Atomic. Engraved on the bottom were the words, “MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN.” Shiny as a trophy, at 60-plus years, the relic still functioned like new. Inquiring as to how he came to possess the lighter, Eric explained he had stolen it from an old man. “Won’t he notice...

David Lurie on Early Japanese Books


On March 18, 2011, Columbia University Professor David Lurie spoke in the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series at the University of Toronto on “Titles of the Current Realm: Script, Language, and the Earliest Japanese Bibliographies.” Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have...