Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--August 2018 Issue

This year I took my summer vacation one step ahead of everyone else.

I went to Okinawa with my family, where we enjoyed the beautiful blue sea and green forests, eating delicious Okinawan food, and just relaxing. We had a luxurious time.

The rest of Japan was experiencing the rainy season then, but the weather in Okinawa was very good and every day was sunny. In all, we spent a happy time there.

I’d like to tell you about Fukugi Tree Street, which was the place that impressed me most in Okinawa this time.

“Fukugi” is the name of a tree; in Kanji it’s written “福木”. It’s said to be a tree that brings happiness, and it’s also known as a power spot in Okinawa. I felt really healed there.

From now on I intend to do my best with all my strength.


By Shizue Ishitani

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Topic of the Month

We will attend the Beijing International Book Fair this August.

Again this year, we’re attending the Beijing International Book Fair, held from August 22nd to 26th.  We’ll have a small stand in the collective Japanese area, and our staff will be there from Wednesday the 22nd to Friday the 24th.  It will be great if we can meet any of you at the largest international book fair in Asia.

Hot Titles

Zero Training

by Tomomi Ishimura

ISBN978-4-7631-3692-3 C0036

142 pages / May 2018 / 1,200 yen (w/o tax)

The top diet method that made waves in New York finally reaches Japan!


You’ll feel so light it will seem as if you’ve grown wings.

As we age, our neck, shoulders, back, lower back, and toes constrict and bend further from their original (“zero”) position. This causes our joints and muscles to clump together, making it hard to move naturally. In this way, our body ages and we gain weight.


Zero Training is a ground-breaking diet method that returns parts of your body to their natural position (referred to in the text as the “zero position”), improving your figure, shedding weight, and even improving various other conditions.


When author and developer Tomomi Ishimura released this method in New York, she immediately garnered fame.



“After trying Tomomi’s exercises, my waist shrank by 3 inches (about 7.5 cm) in one hour!”


“After starting the exercises, my hips rose in just 5 minutes! I couldn’t believe it!”


“When I did stretches that Tomomi recommended,  I grew

1 inch (about 2.5 cm) taller! What sorcery is this!”


As Tomomi became more and more famous, Hollywood stars, announcers, pilots, lawyers, pianists, athletes, and executives alike began taking private lessons with her.


Her clients have even included a pregnant woman, a 90-year-old and a 7-year-old.


This Zero Training method that became popular out of New York has now arrived in Japan in the form of a book. Zero Training is a ground-breaking method that can be done in 5 minutes, and all exercises can be done while lying down, putting very little strain on the body. Because of this, it can be done at any age.

This book is recommended to those who have physical conditions and trouble dieting.


After four weeks, your body will feel so light it will seem as if you’ve grown wings.

From the table of contents

Chapter 0            Feel so light it will seem as if you’ve grown wings

Chapter 1            What happens when your body is reset to its zero position

Chapter 2            How far out of position are you?

Chapter 3            Give Zero Training a try!

Chapter 4            Zero Training will instantly make you taller

Chapter 5            Bring me back to zero

From the editor "Seiichi"

Zero Training consists of 7 exercises including 1 breathing exercise, 5 “loosening” exercises and 1 “tightening” exercise that can all be done lying face up without changing the body’s position.

Most diet programs include a lot of  standing, sitting, using chairs or lying down, but finding the determination to keep up with such demanding programs is difficult when you are tired. Zero Training can be done easily anytime while lying face up, even if it’s just after waking up or right before bed.


Moreover, the fact that it’s easy isn’t the only reason why Zero Training is done lying face up. Lying face up assures that your body is in the correct position, and that all parts properly return to their zero position to improve poor posture and body condition. It’s both easy and effective, and the joining of these two aspects is what makes Zero Training so special.

The book contains 144 pages in full color. It’s light, at just around 260 grams, which is fitting since the purpose of the book is to make you feel so light it will seem as if you’ve grown wings. It’s made to be easy to leave open and look at while performing the exercises. Please enjoy!


Tomomi Ishimura

Tomomi Ishimura is an actress currently living in New York. She is the founder of New York Yoga. She played the role of Queen Sarabi in the Shiki Theatrical Company’s production of The Lion King. She moved to New York on her own after that. At age 35, she was selected among 2,000 people to play the role of Miss Chinatown in the Broadway production Miss Saigon. She went on to establish the Body Tone New York yoga studio, where she developed her famous Zero Training method. This is her first release as an author.

Connect Your Likes to the Internet and Earn More Money

by Takeshi Tachibana

ISBN978-4-7631-3683-1 C0030

286 pages / March 2018 / 1,400 yen (w/o tax)

A professional blogger teaches the most successful ways to blog and use Social Network Services


Do you think making a job out of something you love is a rare achievement? With the Internet having made the world so small, it’s now something that anybody can achieve, the author says. The key lies in what and how you post on blogs and SNS. This book explains the process of turning your interests into a forte, and then into a job.


Not only about making money doing what you love, this book also explains how you can contribute more to society and live a more meaningful life. Learn how to earn more money doing what you love while also contributing to the happiness of others.

From the table of contents

Chapter 1            The key to turning your interests into earnings is how you share information

Chapter 2            Important rules concerning the sharing of information

Chapter 3            How to use a blog and SNS sites to market yourself

Chapter 4            How to make yourself stand out with personalized self-branding

Chapter 5            If you continue sharing your interests, your life and how you value money will dramatically change

From the editor "Kuro"


It turns out that anyone can find success doing what they love, without feeling the need to give up on their dreams. You just need to improve the way you use blogs and SNS sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s all very quick and easy — you can start incorporating what you learn into your very next post.



Takeshi Tachibana

Takeshi Tachibana is a professional blogger and writer born in Tokyo in 1969.

He runs a blog called No Second Life that received 10,000,000 views in one year. The growing popularity of his blog allowed him to leave his company and become a full-time blogger at age 41. He shares his knowledge in publications, advertisements, seminars, and business training sessions, and as a consultant on how to effectively use blogs and SNS.


After having had multiple experiences with depression, he studied practical psychology under Akemi Okabe and became active as a mental health counselor from 2015. In June of 2014, he started his own company, Tsunageru, of which he is the CEO. He’s currently living in both Roppongi and Kamakura, going back and forth freely while working on his blog.

His other books include Change Your Life With the iPhone Diet (Sunmark), Living as a Digital Nomad (Toyo Keizai), and 29 Ways to Do and Eat What You Want That Office Workers Need To Know (Daiwa Shobo).