Golden Kin-Yōbi: 2 – Kurodahan Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of you will strike gold over the next few weeks 🙂

This week’s contest has two books as prizes, including worldwide postage to the winners, and this time they are kindly provided by Kurodahan Press, a small publisher based in Japan which breathes new life into gems which may otherwise have passed us by.

The first offering is Teru Miyamoto’s Rivers, a loose trilogy of stories set between 1955 and 1969.  The three stories (two of which took out the prestigious Osamu Dazai and Akutagawa Prizes) look at boys of different ages growing up in the post-war era.  I read this recently, and as you can see from my review, it’s a book I can definitely recommend 🙂
The second prize on offer is something a little different.  Edogawa Rampo was a pen name playing both on the American writer Edgar Allan Poe and the Tokyo setting of the Japanese author’s noir mysteries.  The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō is a collection of stories introducing the detective who would later feature in some of Rampo’s more famous pieces, and it’s perhaps a welcome change of pace from the usual tea ceremony and cherry blossom viewing of classical J-Lit 😉


So, if you’d like to win one of these books, simply comment below, leaving your name, an e-mail address and the name of the book you’d like to win.  There’s no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) – anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning 🙂

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 15th (that’s 9 a.m. on Thursday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen entirely randomly, one way or another).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!

And, of course, we need to announce the winners of last week’s prizes!

The Sound of the Mountain goes to Parrish Lantern
Beauty and Sadness goes to David H.
Thousand Cranes goes to Chelsea McGill
Snow Country goes to Kamo

I will be in contact with the winners shortly – thanks again to Penguin Modern Classics (UK) for providing some great prizes 🙂


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17 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: 2 – Kurodahan Press

  1. Carola says:

    I'd love to read more by Edogawa Rampo! I really enjoyed his short stories Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination and am very curious about this detective 😉 So The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō it is!
    carola [at] brilliantyears [dot] net 🙂


  2. J. says:

    After reading your review, I'd love to get my hands on Miyamoto Teru's Rivers. (That is, if it's not too late. I saw there was only one comment down here and thought I'd try my luck.) I can be reached at james.garza.silver [at] Thanks!


  3. Chris in Osaka says:

    I'd love a chance to Miyamoto Teru's novel Rivers, thanks. He is a new Japanese writer to me, and I'll always like to read unknown authors.

    Chris at:


  4. MG says:

    Please put my name in for Rivers. It's a time period I find interesting.
    Martha Gifford mgifford01 @


  5. Ash says:

    Kurodahan has released some great books! I would be interested in Rivers since I have yet to read that one.

    Ash Brown


  6. Chris in Osaka says:

    I'd love to read Miyamoto stories because I've never read him before. Thanks.


  7. Hi Tony have been wanting to read Edogawa Rampo since discovering the name & the reasoning behind it a couple of years ago, So once again please throw my name into the hat


  8. Wow, what a swell contest you have going on! I was led here by Kurodahan's facebook page.

    While I am a big fan of Rampo (The Human Chair is just terrifying!) I think I am going to throw my name in the Miyamoto “Rivers” hat. I am big on postwar fiction and I have to admit I have never read anything by him so I am very curious to check out a new author.


    hilson.reidpath [at] gmail [dot] com


  9. Unknown says:

    I would love to read The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō. Already read his other stories published by the same publication and craving for more.


    Ramin. S Khanjani
    ramin.s.k [at]


  10. Bellezza says:

    Congratulations to the winners of the previous books; they are all such good titles you gave away, Tony! I know I won't have time to read Manazaru, but I plan on joining the group read for Sound of The Mountain. No need to enter me here; my tower is already stacked.


  11. I am currently reading Murakami's The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I am loving it but what a journey. I would be interested in Rivers. Sounds interesting and a time period I really enjoy. Thanks.


  12. dujyt says:

    Would llove a chance to read Rivers after reading your review!



  13. Cayce says:

    I love (Japanese) mysteries so please enter me for The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō. Thank you!!

    Cayce @ Niji Feels
    cayce006 at yahoo dot com


  14. I'll go in the draw for the Rampo one please – tonymess @ tpg dot com dot au


  15. kimbofo says:

    Can I put my name down for Edogawa Rampo, please? Apparently he's an influence on Keigo Higashino!

    readingmatters @ gmail dot com


  16. Tony Malone says:

    And that's time! The winners will be announced in due course…


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