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Stone Bridge Press was established in 1989 by Peter Goodman in Berkeley, California. It publishes widely on Japan-related fiction, poetry, culture, anime & manga, guides on Japanese customs, culture, and aesthetics. More recently, Stone Bridge broadened its subjects to more of Asian context, and publish books on Korea and China as well.

Stone Bridge is widely admired for its reference works on Japanese popular culture (comics and film). Its publication of a book on Wabi-Sabi by Leonard Koren in 1992 helped spur an international design revolution.

Many Stone Bridge Press books have been adopted by high school and university classrooms.


T O K Y O   J U N K I E

A memoir by Robert Whiting, best-selling author of You Gotta Have Wa and Tokyo Underworld.

Follow Robert Whiting as he watches Tokyo transform during the 1964 Olympics, rubs shoulders with the Yakuza and comes learns how politics and sports collide to produce a cultural landscape unlike any other.

Stone Bridge Press (coming to IGpub soon) : this particular book is a treat for fans of Studio Ghibli animations

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man

This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and it's reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki’s films were starting to take off in international markets. 

Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of Princess Mononoke to Russia and California, experiencing a screaming Harvey Weinstein, dealing with Disney marketers, and then triumphantly attending glittering galas celebrating the Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

His one-of-a-kind portraits of Miyazaki and long-time producer Toshio Suzuki, and of sly, gruff, and brilliant businessman Yasuyoshi Tokuma, capture the hard work and artistry that have made Ghibli films synonymous with cinematic excellence. 

And as the lone gaijin in a demanding company run by some of the most famous and influential people in modern Japan, Steve Alpert tackles his own challenges of language and culture. No one else could have written this book.

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