Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--November 2014 Issue
We’d like to thank all the publishers and agents who gave us a chance to meet with them at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. It was such a good opportunity again for us to exchange a lot of different kinds of information and feel the energy of people involved in the publishing industry throughout the world. Recently, we’ve put efforts not only into buying but also selling rights to European and American publishers. As one of our bestsellers, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, has already produced great results in some of those countries, we’ll continue to use this NEWS Mail to introduce our other titles for which we have high hopes. Please don’t miss them.
If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Mr. Ichiro Takeda, Rights Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The U.S. version of our million-selling title The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been released by Ten Speed Press and ranked 1st (Self-Help) at Amazon U.S.!
The translated version of our sensational title The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is now available in the U.S. since it was released by Ten Speed Press on October 14th. Soon after its release, an article about the author Marie Kondo appeared on October 22nd in The New York Times with the headline “Kissing Your Socks Goodbye“. The article received such a great response that the book’s ranking at Amazon U.S. rapidly moved up to 1st place in the Self-Help category and 7th place overall..
263 pages / August 2014 / 680 yen(w/o tax)
Here are 65 surprising stories for lovers of history and Japanese Sake.
When reading about the history of wine in Europe, we learn about how the Crusaders took grapevines with them on their expeditions to the Middle East. Wine and other kinds of alcohol, like whiskey from the U.K., beer from Germany, vodka from Russia, and bourbon from the United States, are deeply and directly linked to the history of their countries of origin. Naturally, the same goes for Japanese Sake.
By bringing Japanese Sake into the picture while taking another look at the well-known historical figures of Japan, finding out which local Sake they preferred, how they drank it, and what ancient Japanese liked to snack on while drinking, we get introduced to a very different side of Japanese history.
This book could spark just about anyone’s interest in both Japanese history and Sake.
– The oldest forms of Japanese Sake were produced in the mouth
– Disaster starts with delicious rice
– The duty of the Emperor is to “promote a culture of rice cultivation”
– What local government employees were paid in instead of money
– The bureaucratic elite passed on the job of brewing Sake to the Buddhist monks
– Samurai Era wisdom: Alcohol comes with a price
– How did the Shogun cure his hangover?
– The first and last time the Shogun and Emperor drank together
– Mirin was once considered high-grade alcohol
– The Izakaya — a new business opportunity caused by a fire outbreak
I first met the author, Mr. Uesugi, at his own Japanese Sake seminar. Seminars usually only involve listening to lectures, but at Mr. Uesugi’s Sake seminars you can eat snacks and drink alcohol while he shares his knowledge of the historical context and background related to the alcohol. Since professionals choose the alcohol, all of it is very delicious! In fact, I wasn’t fond of Sake until that day.
The fascinating stories of history and alcohol Mr. Uesugi has shared in his seminars have been compiled into this one publication. The many stories in this book will make even a non-drinker crave a nice cup of Sake. I sincerely hope everyone enjoys reading it.