Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--February 2015 Issue

As the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2015 is held from the 11th to the 16th of February in Taiwan, two members of the editorial department from Sunmark Publishing, Mr. Susumu Wataya and Ms. Kanako Kurokawa, are going to be there. Ms. Kurokawa, who is also in charge of the rights department, has visited the event for the last two years, and what is notable is that two books, Successful Salespeople Don’t Beg! and 51 Keys to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow, that she had edited herself and introduced at the exhibition two years ago have become bestsellers in Taiwan and ranked in the top 10 in the annual bestseller list of Taiwanese book sales in 2014. Mr. Wataya is also an active editor who has produced many bestsellers so far. Since this will be the first time for him to take part in the exhibition, hefs looking forward to introducing the titles hefs edited himself and the possibility that they, too, will become future bestsellers across national borders.

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Topics of the Month

The New York Times No.1 Bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has reached sales of 300,000 copies in the U.S.!

Since its release in October 2014, sales of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has sold 1.4 million copies in Japan, know no boundaries in the U.S. market. The book has continued to rank in the top 10 on the New York Times bestseller list (“Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous” category) for 11 weeks, and about the time it ranked No.1 on the list, sales have reached 300,000 copies. Plus, it also ranked No.4 on the Amazon bestseller list at its highest point. The author of this great book, Marie Kondo, called KonMari, is becoming more and more popular around the world.

The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, KonMari, is now visiting the U.S.!

Timed to coincide with the visit to the U.S. from this January by KonMari (Marie Kondo), the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s been decided that her private “Life-Changing” Tidying Lessons will be held in San Francisco and New York for the first time. Unfortunately, the reservations have already been filled now, but since she’s going to give interviews to a lot of media sources during her stay, any news will be announced in the future. If there’s anything new regarding her visit, we’ll let you know through this NEWS Mail, so please stay in touch with us here.

Hot Titles

The Book That Opens the Door to Another World

by K


319 pages / November 2014 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)

Learn about the unseen from a heavy metal-loving writer and a divine presence


The long-awaited first publication from the popular blogger has arrived. Featuring a straightforward approach, the book also provides numerous entertaining illustrations. There is far more to this world than what can be seen with the naked eye. Though spirits, angels, aliens, fairies, and goddesses exist in a form beyond visual perception, they are always present and keeping a watchful eye on us. While giving insight into the “identity” of these spirits and guardian angels, this book explains in simple terms with humorous illustrations how we can communicate with these otherworldly beings. Coming in contact with these spirits can afford you the opportunity to experience small miracles, acquire a wealth of essential information, lead you to more meaningful encounters, and help you to successfully navigate many of life’s obstacles.

From the table of contents

– The connection has already been established!
– What happens when you meet your guardian angel?
– Neither is superior; you are peers
– A meeting of the minds in the night
– What knowledge does our soul thirst for?
– Like an out-of-body experience!
– A coincidental experience, or a message from a divine presence?
– The words of my late father: “Rock and roll will never die!”
– An encounter with the unknown in the subway
– The law of energy: Organize your living space and your life will fall into place!
– Look beyond what’s visible

From the editor

K was kind enough to write about How to Welcome Fairies, another book I worked on as an editor, on his popular blog. This led me to begin following his blog writings. As this book suggests, I believe the author has a strong connection with beings from another dimension! Wanting to reach out to more readers who may not be familiar with his blog, K and I decided to put together this book about the unknown world, which is fun and enjoyable to read.



The author of this book is a self-proclaimed heavy metal enthusiast and successful blogger who writes under the pseudonym K while choosing not to disclose personal details. Monthly visits to Arcadia Rose — K’s blog on spiritual awakening — can exceed 70,000 per month. The blog offers a fresh perspective on spiritual matters and the evolution of the earth and its people, under the guidance — and by request — of the guardian spirits themselves. K’s accounts of personal instances of synchronicity with spirits, angels, aliens, fairies, and goddesses are conveyed in a unique, light-hearted, joking manner that’s become extremely popular. K has provided advice and counseling to many people, but not as a profession — the author shares this wisdom at the behest of an otherworldly presence.

Words That Whipped Me into Shape

by Mariru Harada


239 pages / October 2014 / 1,400 yen(w/o tax)

The surprising debut of an unlikely philosophy idol
Philosophical teachings written in a funny, biographical way


Why is it so difficult to live in this world? It’s hard to explain why living a normal life without feeling out of place or losing our way is so difficult. There are many people who deal with these very same problems. Mariru Harada, the author of this book, once struggled with these feelings as well. Then, when she was a high school student she came across a philosophy book that would change her life. The words of encouragement that she discovered in that unconventional philosophy book shined great light into her life and gave her the strength she needed to live the way she wanted. How is it that Harada, a former top promotional model and teen idol, was able to provide us with such an insightful, humorously written biographical account based on her own experiences in her very first written work?

From the table of contents

– It isn’t a lack of effort that makes life difficult
– Love is both a tragedy and a comedy
– Sadomasochism is a psychological battle of wits
– Not wanting to be a bad person is hypocritical
– How to cope when you feel you’re about to break down
– Many philosophers are so-called perverts
– Why do fans get angry when teen idols find love?
– It’s easier to feel pain than it is to feel happiness
– You can’t run away from cruel choices and decisions
– Is it okay to be happy at the expense of others?
– Why do good intentions bring bad results?
– Life is a series of unexpected developments and mid-course adjustments

From the editor

The most gratifying thing about my career as an editor is being introduced to new talent. I was introduced to the amazing Mariru Harada on Facebook by another author. Harada’s words pack quite a punch -– they are hard hitting yet at the same time possess a delicacy in delivery and rhythm. She draws you in, makes you laugh, and keeps your interest. I know you’ll feel as strongly about her work as I do!


Mariru Harada

Mariru Harada is a philosopher who was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1985. As a child, she often played at “Philosopher’s Walk,” a path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto. She dropped out of Kyoto Women’s University, but while still in school she was active as a performer, winning the “Race Queen of the Year” prize in 2005. After becoming the first idol to represent the popular “ChoroQ” toy as “Miss ChoroQ,” she performed in the cross-dressing band Fudanjuku, in which the female performers dress like men, until 2013. Her hobbies include alpine skiing, go-karting, boxing, and Japanese manga. At one point, she was so into cars that she considered obtaining a license that would allow her to race. Also, having once had a collection of Japanese manga numbering over 13,000, she works on the “Cartoon Grand Prize” selection committee and writes comic book reviews for newspapers nationwide.
She currently hosts events at her own Harada Mariru Philosophy Cafe, where she teaches philosophy drawing on her own experiences since her high school days. Based on her background, she’s referred to as a “philosophy idol.” Furthermore, using her knowledge of character-based typology such as the Enneagram, she is currently conducting research targeting individuals and corporations on personal guidance, in line with her philosophical teachings, that takes into account individual aptitude.