The Japanese Linguistic Landscape featured in Japan Times
The Japanese Linguistic Landscape: Reflections on Quintessential Words by Nakanishi Susumu (trans. Ryan Shaldjian Morrison) was recently featured in the Japan Times article "Hot new Japan book releases for the sweltering summer."
Writer Iain Maloney was able to get a sneak preview of the book and offer a few words about it such as "If it's depth you want, Ryan Shaldjian Morrison's translation of Susumu Nakanishi's "The Japanese Linguistic Landscape: Reflections on Quintessential Words" (JPIC) is one for all you linguists, translators and writers out there."
We couldn't agree more. I'd also recommend the book to anyone interested in Japanese in general as Nakanishi's book offers many profound insights into the Japanese language; through examining the etymology of a word or musing over the various nuances a word possesses.
You can read the full article here as well as see the other books that made the list for summer reading. Although The Japanese Linguistic Landscape is still in the final stages of production, we expect it to be published this August. We hope you'll give it a read and let us know what you think!