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March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown (Vintage)


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In time for the one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a collection of essays and stories by Japanese writers on the devastating disaster, its aftermath, and the resolve of a people to rebuild.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a 50-foot tsunami that crushed everything in its path—highways, airports, villages, trains, and buses—leaving death and destruction behind, and causing a major radiation leak from five nuclear plants. Here eighteen writers give us their trenchant observations and emotional responses to such a tragedy, in what is a fascinating, enigmatic and poignant collection.

About the Author

Elmer Luke is a writer and editor who has worked in publishing houses in New York and Tokyo, with a range of authors including Tom Wicker, Haruki Murakami, Colleen McCullough, Hiromi Kawakami, and Robert Whiting. He is adviser to the Read Japan project. David Karashima is an author whose first novel, in Japanese, was recipient of a prize for new writers; he is also a widely published translator of contemporary Japanese fiction into English, having translated works by Hitomi Kanehara, Taichi Yamada, Yasutaka Tsutsui, and Hisaki Matsuura, among others. In 2008 he helped found the Read Japan initiative at the Nippon Foundation, a partnership among authors, translators, editors, publishers, and universities to facilitate the publication of Japanese literature in translation.

Table of Contents


by John Burnham Schwartz


by Elmer Luke and David Karashima

The Island of Eternal Life

by Yoko Tawada

The Charm

by Kiyoshi Shigematsu


by Yoko Ogawa

God Bless You, 2011

with postscript and original 1993 version

by Hiromi Kawakami

March Yarn

by Mieko Kawakami


by Shinji Ishii

One Year Later

by J. D. McClatchy

Grandma’s Bible

by Natsuki Ikezawa


by Mitsuyo Kakuta

Sixteen Years Later, in the Same Place

by Hideo Furukawa

The Crows and the Girl

by Brother & Sister Nishioka

Box Story

by Tetsuya Akikawa

Dream from a Fisherman’s Boat

by Barry Yourgrau


by Kazumi Saeki

Ride on Time

by Kazushige Abe

Little Eucalyptus Leaves

by Ryu Murakami

After the Disaster, Before the Disaster

by David Peace

Product Details

Luke, Elmer
Karashima, David
Geology-Earthquakes and Volcanoes
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