Friday, February 01, 2013

Another Year Gone By

On January 31, 2006 I posted here for the very first time. This means that In Spring it is the Dawn is now 7 years old! Can you believe it? I know I've said it before, but I will say it again - Thank you so much to everyone who kept in touch with me during my hiatus (on Facebook, or Twitter, or by email) and to everyone that never gave up encouraging me to return. It's because of you and your friendship that I'm here! Since I have only just begun blogging again after more than a year away, and since I didn't celebrate the blog's anniversary last year, I think I'll actually count this as the 6th Blogiversary. But regardless of the math, I think this calls for a giveaway!

To commemorate Tony's first (annual?) January in Japan event, and Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge 6, both of which, sadly, have just concluded, one lucky winner will get the Japanese Literature title of their choice*.

I'm keeping things simple so to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with the title of the book you would like, if you win. Also, if necessary, please include an email address or some other way to contact you.

January in Japan

If you need some ideas, or haven't already, check out the accumulated reviews from all the participants of both challenges:
January in Japan Reviews
Japanese Literature Challenge 6

Then on Sunday, February 10th, a winner will be selected at random.

The fine print:
*Up to $15 value from The Book Depository. Except in the case that the winner lives in the US, then the book will possibly be ordered from B&N (whichever is cheaper).

Good luck!


  1. Congrats! Seven years is awesome ... hiatus included. :) I look forward to whatever you have in store for us in the year(s) to come.
    And I would love Revenge by Yoko Ogawa.

  2. So glad you're back blogging. The J-lit book I've been meaning to read for a long while (thanks to she who shall remain nameless) is The Restaurant of Love Regained' by Ito Ogawa. It sounds marvellous, but I haven't got around to ordering it yet! Happy Blogiversary.

  3. Congratulations! Seven years is a fantastic achievement, well done. I'm quite interested in The Briefcase, I've heard some great things about it.

  4. Happy Blogoversary! 7 (or 6) years is wonderful achievement. I would love Revenge by Yoko Ogawa.

  5. Congratulations - and welcome back :) Thanks for joining in with 'January in Japan' (annual? we'll see!).

    If I were to win, my choice would be Kenzaburo Oe's 'Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness' - I haven't read nearly enough of his work :)

  6. Congratulations! I only recently started following your blog. I love it as I share your love of Japanese literature :)

    I've been wanting to read something by Edogawa Rampo for a long time... so Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination :)

  7. Congrats for the blog, and thank you for the opportunity of winning books that we all love. Since I am a huge fan of Japanese literature and Haruki Murakami, I would choose "After the quake" because I have not read it yet :)

  8. Welcome back and Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more years of book talk and friendship!

  9. Don't enter me, friend, I'd rather the prize go to someone who doesn't have as much japanese literature as I, but I'm grateful for the offer. I'm so happy that your blog is 7 years old, and you're still carrying on with it. Sometimes, the idea of laying it down is quite compelling (to me), yet when we blog what and when we want it makes it all the more manageable. Glad I've known you for six of your seven years! xoxoxoxo

  10. Congratulations! I'm so happy to see you back! ^_^

    It won't be released until March, but Toh EnJoe's Self-Reference Engine from Haikasoru looks fascinating.

  11. Happy Blogiversary! So glad you are back to blogging!

    I would like The Makioka Sisters if I were to win :)

  12. A VERY happy blogiversary. So glad you're here. ;)

  13. Happy blogiversary! I would love the chance to win Out by Natsuo Kirino. Thanks!

  14. Congrats on seven years! That's amazing! I'm glad you're back to blogging again. You were one of the first blogs I followed when I started 3 1/2 years ago.

    If I win, I would choose Spiral (Ring #2) by Koji Suzuki (TBD has it for under $15, but I'm in the U.S.)

    Thanks for the chance!

  15. Happy blogoversary! Seven years is AMAZING! I'm so glad you're back from your hiatus, too; I missed reading your reviews! Here's to an awesome 8th year of blogging!

    Contest-wise: I think I'd like The Book of Heroes by Miyuki Miyabe, please. I won another of her books from you before (The Devil's Whisper) and I'm super interested in trying out one of her MG fantasy books. (I'm in the US, but it seems to be cheaper on TBD, idk.)

    Here's my email: herebebooksATgmailDOTcom


  16. Congratulations, and so great to see you back!

    I just finished Mishima's "Spring Snow," so my choice would be the next in the series, his "Runaway Horses."

  17. Congratulations and I'm so happy that you're back too!

    I would love to read The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami that everyone's been talking about.

  18. Congrats & glad you're still here as You were one of my early inspirations in this world of ours. My choice if chosen ........... possibly Women poets of Japan - K Rexroth or Full Metal Apache Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan & Avant-pop America - Takayuki Tatsumi, or even Plainsong by Kazushi Hosaka, all are on my wishlist.
    Best wishes for the future.

  19. No need to enter me - just wanted to say congrats on the bloggaversary! Such a lovely blog you have, and I'm glad you're back to it :)

  20. Happy Bloggiversary, my friend! I'm so glad you're back. :)


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