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Monday, January 16, 2012

YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!

Welcome to the Tokyo Heist stop on the YAmazing Race!

You're on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors of young adult and middle grade fiction. There are prize packs galore, featuring ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), gift certificates, swag, and more! This contest is run by the Apocalypsies, a group of young adult, middle grade and picture book authors with debut books coming out in 2012. If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website and you want to run the race, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete contest rules.

Now on to the race! Here's a snapshot of Tokyo Heist. You'll need this information for the quiz ahead.

TOKYO HEIST, by Diana Renn
Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.

Her father’s client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas’ Seattle mansion, and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting.

The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger. Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late.

Got all that? Store it away for the quiz! And remember, you must complete ALL FIVE quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.

Wait -- before you go – a bonus contest! Would you like to win an ARC of Tokyo Heist? This contest runs from 1/16 - 1/23, at the same dates/times as the YAmazing Race. There are two easy ways to enter:

1. "Like" my Facebook page and leave a comment mentioning the YAmazing Race on the wall.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post, sharing something you like about Japan or something that intrigues you about Japan.

Each thing you do gets your name entered once in the drawing. You can do one or both tasks. (Limit two entries per person).

OK, ready to move on? Proceed to the next stop on the YAmazing Race, the website of Jenny Lundquist

(Oh, and when you're done racing, swing by my group mystery blog, Sleuths Spies & Alibis, where we're giving away a signed ARC from bestselling mystery/suspense novelist Peter Abrahams. That contest runs all week too. But don't go there now -- run to the next race stop! Ganbatte!)

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Blogger Chelle said...

Japan is number one on my list of places to visit before I die. I'm really intrigued by the dichotomy of fast-paced modern life, and the deeply rooted ties to history and tradition. I also *love* sushi. :)

January 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

Cool! I like sushi! This book sound very interesting!

January 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

+ 1 Liked and commented on facebook

+ 1 - Ever since I started reading manga I became obsessed with everything and anything Japanese (except the food - I'm such a picky eater!) so I think I can relate to Violet! :)


January 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Giada M. said...

Something I like about Japan? The entire culture! I always read manga, as far as I can remember, and I learnt so much about this beautiful country.
Thank you for the chance to win an ARC of your book! I love the story.
It is already on my wishlist! >_<

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

January 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger roro said...

+1 i liked and commented on facebook[rogier caprino]

i love manga/ anime and glad it was originally from there right?

i can't wait 2''meet diana

good luck all


January 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger samandlysander said...

I would love to go to Japan for the food!!

1 facebook entry- Samantha Bailey Ramos


January 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books) said...

I swear I should've been born Japanese, not Chinese (people also say I look Korean... but that's not the point). I LOVE sushi. And Sanrio stuff. And pretty much anything cute Japan makes. I would LOVE to visit sometime!

Twitter: @LooChiaPet

January 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger elena said...

Ahaha I am an East Asian Studies major so what DON'T I love about Japan? I love the culture so much, I like the idea that the Japanese people have dual natures - how they can live in contemporary times and hold onto traditional ideas. The loneliness of the culture intrigues me a lot, they're an unfailingly polite society. I love its literature and the pop culture intrigues me also, it's so specific. Also the fact that they are a little country with little to no natural resources but yet hold such economic power. Basically everything! Tokyo is my favourite place. onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com.

January 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM  
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January 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah Nicolas said...

The thing I like most about Japan is how nice everybody was to us. Everytime we stopped to look at a map or looked lost, someone always stopped to translate for us and give us directions!

January 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Angel (Mermaid Vision Books) said...

I love Japanese literature! It's both stark and beautiful at the same time, and always provides food for thought.

angelidgcruz AT gmail DOT com

January 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I commented on Facebook. :]

Anna Pett

Also, manga, that's awesome. And guess who takes Japanese. THIS GIRL! So, you know, I should get an extra entry. ;)


January 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Something that intrigues me about Japan is the number of people living there. Being from a smaller city I can't really imagine the amount of people.

hannah94 (at) shaw (dot) ca

January 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Leah Miller said...

I'm totally fascinated by those hotels they have that are basically just little boxes for people to sleep in. Talk about using space efficiently.

leahraemiller at gmail dot com

January 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I would love to visit Japan. My mother is from Thailand and has been to Japan a few times. I know a little bit about her country and what she has told me about Japan, but not much. From what I have seen, it's really beautiful.


January 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica Khoury said...

I LOVE Japan! The best summer of my life was 2008, spent in Kyoto and Osaka. I love everything Japan--in fact my husband and I are moving to Tokyo next year!!!--but one thing that stood out to me was the city of Nara, and the deer that come up to you and let you pet them. So CUTE! Ganbare!

jkbibliophile AT gmail DOT com

January 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna D. said...

I would love to visit Japan. Attending the cherry blossom festivals in Kyoto would be a dream vacation. Or scoping out the stores in Toyko.... Or... (Haha!) I really would love to go to Japan some day!


January 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

The cherry blossom trees and the entire culture would be a thrill to see and experience.


January 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Bookyurt said...

I love Shinto gates - I think they're just gorgeous. And karate!


January 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger icountwords said...

Awesome contest! Thanks! My sister lived in Japan and gave me an awesome set of plates that broke in my last move. I'd like to go back and get those plates again (among other things)!

January 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

The culture has always been fascinating to me.
Your books sounds wonderful!!!!!


January 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Gryvon said...

My twin studied abroad in Japan for a year and I got to visit for spring break. The best part about it was the food! We kept finding all these awesome off-the-beaten-path shops with the most delicious food. I miss curry udon so much. No one makes it in my area.

January 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

In high school, I had Japanese pen pals and I loved corresponding with them. I've tried to find them via facebook, but apparently their names are more common than I'd have guessed.

January 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger danya said...

I'm impressed by how well Japan has retained its cultural traditions while still embracing modernity. It's an interesting mix of old and new that collides in one country. The traditional ways of festivals and cultural arts (like ikebana and the tea ceremony) are still being passed down to children and teens — who don't bat an eye at this despite, in many cases, being exposed to all the latest technology at the same time! I taught English for a year in Japan and have a lot of wonderful memories from my time then :)

Thanks for the giveaway! I've had my eye on Tokyo Heist for a while now :)


January 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

I've always wanted to visit Japan because I'm interested about the culture and the food!

Email: thebookgoddess(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I think I'd love the history of Japan and the ancient architecture and sacred places tourists are allowed to visit. I've always thought those gardens with the ponds and pagodas looked so peaceful. I like peaceful!


January 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

I like the manners that most Japanese exhibit. The mixture of old and new in Japanese culture is awesome.


January 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Lori M. Lee said...

Aside from being an anime/manga fan, I just love the culture. The history, the language, the customs. It all fascinates me.

January 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger cubbiesgirl said...

I've never been to Japan, so I'd love to just for the culture I always read about.


January 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Emilie said...

Japanese food is absolutely delicious and having a massive Japanese club at my school was simply amazing if only for the food.


January 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I was lucky enough to visit Japan in 2010 - it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I love how the culture is so strong, but there's also a good mix of modern and traditional.

My favorite part of Japanese culture has got to be a toss-up between anime and geishas. Both are endlessly fascinating to me.

January 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Cai E Young (Alainn) said...

Japanese mythology is so cool and creepy, especially ghost stories.

January 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Emily V. said...

Aah!! This book sounds so cool! :) I looove art mysteries! And....my brother's in Japan right now! I guess something I think is intriguing about Japan is their custom of buying a little doll (without eyes), making a wish, painting one eye in, and then painting the other eye once it comes true, and then burning it!

January 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Tristan said...

Something that intrigues me about Japan is the fashion and the toys! Like DOMO for example is adorable and it came from Japan. I have always wondered how people come up with some of these ideas... I want to visit Japan someday I think it would be pretty cool!

January 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger picyadri said...

I love gastronomy so I would like to know and get to taste what the Japenese couisine is like outside from the sushi and rice:)

picyadri at gmail dot com

January 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

So....I've been to Japan, last July. And the best thing ever are the people. They way they welcome you whenever you enter a shop, always smilling, and the way they always try their best to help you makes you fall in love with that beautiful country.

January 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Velvet Hubler said...

I like Facebook page as velvet Hubler and I love the gardens of Japan

January 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger KaylaBeck said...

It's hard for me to say what I find most intriguing about Japan. I don't know a lot about it. I've always been fascinated by geisha and the beautiful clothing, and the countryside is beautiful. If you would ask my daughter this same question, she's start spouting off about anime and Hello Kitty. :)

pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

January 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Mandie Baxter said...

Mmm...sushi! Also, intrigued that they have regular food for breakfast...
MandieBaxter at yahoo dot com

January 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Things that intrigue me about Japan? The rural areas. My friend studied abroad for a year in a very small-town in Japan (which was cut short due to the earthquake last year) and I'm just fascinated with the way lives are lived there.


January 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

The food! I'm a huge foodie :)

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

January 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Jasmine Stairs said...

Something I love about Japan? Well I've never been there, so I'm mostly working off of hear-say and pictures, but I love the richness of the style aesthetic. There's this mix between minimalism and ornateness that is fascinating and I think really beautiful. Also I just really want a Kimono.

January 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Faborina said...

I love the deep traditions in Japan... Mostly I love the textiles...Scarves made of Kimonos sounds delightful!

January 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger kimscarecrow said...

I like the overall culture of Japan. I grew up with Japanese video games (Zelda, Mario, Pokemon) so I have always had a deep respect it. I love the food too! Sushi! Thanks for the giveaway!


January 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

When I did Japanese in school, I was always struck by the beauty of the cherry blossoms. Also, I used to LOVE Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z.

January 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Laurisa White Reyes said...

I love that my cousin's wife is from Japan. She's a wonderful person! laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

January 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Petra @ Safari Poet said...

One of the reasons I love Japan and have always wanted to go there is their technology. I love tech and they are a leading nation in scientific technology. I also love their culture (Art, Architecture, Cuisine) and hope to see and experience it first hand one day.

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Thank you for the chance :-)

January 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

One thing I like about Japan is the money. I like the way it looks.

January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Just a Lil Lost said...

I saw Tokyo Heist on someone's Waiting on Wednesday a few weeks ago and it totally piqued my interest.

I can't wait to check it out!!

- commented on your FB page (Just a Lil Lost)
- What I like about Japan.. I'd say the landscape. The beautiful flowers and trees, the mountains and volcanoes... :)

Thanks for the opportunity to win!


January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

+1 commented on Facebook (Christa's Hooked on Books)

+1 What I like about Japan - like your MC I love Manga! Especially Sailor Moon! I've always wanted to go and check out the video game/manga culture (cosplay, video game malls etc)

January 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I can't wait to read your book! What I love about Japan is it's fascinating history, manga and Tokyo! I've always wanted to visit Tokyo. I love the bustling atmosphere, culture and skyscrapers. Thanks for the giveaway! info[at]reelswellproductions[dot]com.

January 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

YAmazing Race woot!! Your book looks fab, and I just love your blog as well!

Japan, Japan...to be completely honest I've never really been interested in Japan very much, but I would dearly love to see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, as I'm fascinated entirely with WWII, and everyone seems to forget about Hiroshima when talking about the war...plus I'd love to go to a Japanese garden!

January 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger kai (amaterasu) said...

- I liked your Facebook page and left a comment (Kai Agito)

I've had the chance to live in Japan for a short while and I have to say I love the food (I still miss eating Sukiya's Gyudon on Sundays) and the culture. They have such rich traditions and rituals that have always fascinated me, plus I'm a big fan of their music. My world (still) revolves around Jpop :)

amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

January 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always been fascinated with Japan, so much so that I had plans of teaching ESL there post-grad. I love the culture's geography, language, food, art, and propriety. I am Asian myself, but not Japanese. They are a passionate people underneath all that reserve.

Zara Garcia-Alvarez

January 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Will Sullivan said...

I'd love to see Tokyo -- it seems like such a cool city.

Furtivespy at gmail

January 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Diana Renn said...

Wow, you guys, I am blown away by your enthusiasm for the book and for Japan! It's great to find so many Japanophiles here. I really enjoy reading these comments so far. I love reading about your experiences in that country, those of you who've traveled there, and it's equally great to learn what sparks your imagination and curiosity. (Now I wish I could give away a couple of airplane tickets!) Thank you so much for taking the time to write such thoughtful comments!

January 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Zoë said...

I love Kawaii stationery and sushi! sounds like an awesome book.


January 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger The Princess of Storyland said...

Suprisingly I hadn't heard about this book before but it sounds really interesting. Looking forward to it's release!

Something about Japan..gosh. The food!!! The clothes and just the culture and the ceremonies, it's really fascinating! And the gorgeous silk!


January 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Eliza said...

YA definitely needs more mysteries! I'm in Portland, so I hope you can make it down for a reading and signing. I make it to most YA events in town.

I think I'd find Japan pretty overwhelming, so perhaps I'd try to get to some of the gardens.


January 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger A Canadian Girl said...

I'm looking forward to reading Tokyo Heist. What I like about Japan is how advanced their science and technological development is.

Thanks for the giveaway!


January 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I started out by loving anime and manga YEARS ago, but my interest soon morphed into a love of the culture. So beautiful and so rich with tradition and history.

January 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Amy @ Tripping Over Books said...

Cliche Alert! My favorite thing about Japan is the food. I can't help it. I could eat sushi every day.
Your book sounds so fun! I can't wait to read it!

January 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

I love the language because it can sound so poetic and artistic. They have words for things we (Americans) wouldn't think to put into a single term, such as ayane which means "colorful sound."

Thanks for this! ^_^

writerquirk (at) live (dot) com

January 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I love sushi and Sailor Moon! :D

January 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Shauna said...

The entire Japanese culture is fascinating. I am intrigued by their love of family and tradition. Some day I hope to visit.

January 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

I love Japanese anime!

January 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I liked your FB page (as Aeicha Matteson).

I LOVE so much about Japan! The food=yummy. And the art=gorgeous! I actually have a tattoo inspired by Japanese artist Hokusai's painting The Great Wave. Growing up, my parents collected lots of Asian art, including Japanese art, so I just fell in love with it.

:) Aeicha

January 17, 2012 at 2:24 AM  
Blogger JenniferJ said...

I love sushi and Manga!!! Thank you so much for your giveaway and congrats on your debut!


January 17, 2012 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Baggins said...

I'm intrigued by so much of the Japanese culture, and one day I hope I can visit and experience it for real! I'd really love to visit during the cherry blossom season! I'm also a fan of manga and anime!

Thanks for the giveway!


January 17, 2012 at 3:24 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Japan is one of the most interesting countries in the world for me. I like its unique culture, great food and technological edge. Japan is an intriguing, culturally rich and economically sturdy super-power.
My FB name: Demitra Giote

artgiote at gmail dot com

January 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Jen R. said...

Japan's so cool- especially when it comes to martial arts! I really want to go there some day!

jenelleriane at yahoo dot com

January 17, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Aik said...

I love Japanese crafts! I'm deeply fascinated by the origami, amigurumi, obi sash and other pretty decorations.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

January 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Cari said...

Liked your facebook page.

The thing that interest me about Japan is the fashion. I love how outrageous it can be.

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January 17, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Sayomay said...

I been wanting to go to japan for a while now! I am anime freak(but i prefer vintage anime freak; I really enjoy Sailor Moon DBZ FMA ya know mostly the older stuff) Anyways one place ive always wanted to see was a shopping mall were if ur caught shop lifting u have a choice of going to jail or bunjy jumping from the roof! Its the hieght of a suicide fall! That would cool to see!
In fact i may just pretend to steal something just so i could do it! >:)

January 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Heather Smith Meloche said...

Sounds like you've got a gripping book! I like that you make the character go to a variet of places. LOVE to learn about new places as I read! Since I'm a former ESL teacher, my current concern with Japan is the health and well being of the citizens there after the tsunami. My thoughts and prayer are with all of them.

January 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Heather Smith Meloche said...

I did it again... on the last site... Sorry. I've liked you on FB and my email is wordspring@wideopenwest.com

Heather Smith Meloche

January 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Tammy Sparks said...

Can't wait to read your book...I lived in Tokyo for a year back in college, and it was the most amazing time I ever had. Love the people, the food, and all the quirks of a foreign country.
Thanks for the contest!
Tammy Sparks

January 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Super fun contest and great sounding book! I love Japanese style woodcuts, so intricate but so spare!

January 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger ame1184 said...

i love all the crafty things Japan has to offer and of course their delicious food :)

January 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Sharonluvscats said...

+1 liked and comment on FB page

+1. I love Sushi. I could eat it all day every day.

January 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Jazmin said...

I'm a super asian fan!!! Currently studying mandarin chinese, I really want to go take japanese and japan. And my one obsession with Japan? MANGA!!! bring on the final fantasy!!!!!!!

January 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Natalie Aguirre said...

I liked you on Facebook. I'd love to see the cherry trees in Japan. Thanks for the contest.

January 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger By Amy B. said...

This book looks super fun and full of action! It's like a YA version of The Salaryman's Wife which I loved!

January 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

I liked your page on Facebook, and my favorite thing about Japan is its history: how it remained secluded for years and then was forced to interact with other countries and then jumped into several wars!

January 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Stephanie W said...

This book looks awesome! Great job!

January 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger HayleyAG said...

I've actually never been to Japan but I am quite fascinated by their night life- it just seems so vibrant. Congrats on Tokyo Heist!

January 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Jake Savage said...

I love Japan because of it's amazing history, as well as the ingenuity of it's people!

January 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Rumberger said...

Japan would be such a cool place to visit. The pictures I've seen of the mountains are so beautiful!

January 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Sharon Savage said...

I would love to visit Japan someday; the culture is intriguing and tempura is divine!

January 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Kat C said...

One of the things that intrigues me about Japan is how guns are illegal.


January 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Jessica T. said...

I've been fascinated with Japanese culture since I started reading manga last year. I would love to go there just to shop, honestly. I've seen pictures and all the stores seem so colorful and have so much STUFF, lol. I also love the idea of the themed restaurants and clubs there. I'd love to go to one just to see what it's like!

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

January 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger KarolinaS said...

Well, what I used to "like about Japan" was that my Navy sister was stationed there for two years! She's home and retired now. So - I guess I'll go with all-things-Hello-Kitty!!

January 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

1. Liked on Facebook (Cassie Anne Frye)
2. Perhaps the architecture? Or the cultural history of kimono, samurai, etc.

January 18, 2012 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger ulquigirl said...

Liked and commented on facebook. -Madelyn Lee Wilkey (maddymoomoo9 AT hotmail DOT com)

What I like about Japan.. The whole country! I want to visit there and explor every nook and cranny, so fun!!
The manga, anime, video games. The fashion, (I really want to go to Harajuku) just an awesome experience it would be!

January 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Diana Renn said...

Thank you for these thoughtful comments, everyone! We have lots of foodies here. :) It's great to see the range of things that intrigue people about Japan -- food, fashion, manga/anime, pop culture, traditions, nature, technology. @sayomay, I've never heard of that mall with unusual shoplifting punishments; I'll have to look that up! wow! @By Ann B. -- I loved The Salaryman's Wife too; it's one of my all time favorite mysteries, and I love the whole Rei Shimura series.

Thanks everyone; love the enthusiasm here!

January 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Ashley @ The Cross Review said...

Japanese culture is SO isolationist. I would love the chance to visit the country just to learn about what daily life is like in Japan.

January 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Midnight Bloom said...

One of the reasons I really want to read Tokyo Heist is because of its setting in Japan! I love learning about the culture and I listen to some Japanese music sometimes (lol, I'm more of a K-pop fan). It's a place I want to visit one day; whenever you see pictures or watch a movie set there, the bustling city with its cool technologies/buildings so unlike some of our North American ones is fascinating. And eating Japanese food is so good too! :)

January 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Margie M said...

this book sounds awesome! i love a good mystery.

January 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Book Lover said...

OMG. I love Japan. I have always loved Japan since I was super small, like around the age of 8? I fell in love with Japan after I watched Kiki's Delivery Service. Ever since that movie I've always been infatuated with Japanese culture, people, and living environment.
I really also want to plant a Sakura tree in my backyard, they are sooo pretty.


January 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Well, there's sushi, for one thing. I would mainly like seeing a completely different culture.

January 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Kiki said...

Something about Japan that intrigues me is how they bounced back relatively quickly from WWII and became a highly industrialized nation. Love it!

January 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger storyseekers said...

I visit your facebook, name is Emilia Sherman!

The first I think about Japan is Pokemon, which I am a big fan of. I remember it started when I was younger and everyone was nuts about it. Another thing I like from Japan originally, is Professor Layton games. These games are full of puzzles and some of them are super tough, but I feel smart after completing them.

My email just in case thestoryseekers(@)hotmail.com

January 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hard to chose one thing I love about Japan. I am big on their arts such as origami and tamari (those gorgeous thread balls).
heatherdpear at hotmail dot com

January 19, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

My favorite thing about Japan are the Samurai!

January 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Dana said...

The thing i like most about japan, is the sushi, and the interior design. So calming!


January 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger foreverthedreamer said...

I love Japanese food!

January 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

gotta love anime, manga and them Japanese boys!

January 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger RhymesWithWitch said...

My favorite thing about Japan has to be their culture. I love the book/movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" because it shows you a lot about it.

January 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger WriterWannabeAishah said...

I'm obsessed with manga, anime, kimonos, and Mt. Fuji. Have I mentioned that my fave TV show is Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan) from Japan. One day I'd like to go to Japan and meet my favorite authors. And get some souvenirs.

January 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Chapter by Chapter said...

One of my dreams is to go to Japan. Everything about it is so intriguing to me. The culture, the people, the trends...everything! Thanks for this giveaway :D


January 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Belle Wong said...

The thing I remember most from my trip to Japan was the food - so delicious, and the presentation was always so beautiful! Tokyo Heist sounds like an interesting read.

January 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked on facebook! well I am really intrested in the history of japan, yet then again I'm history nerd!

January 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Yael said...

One thing I love about Japan? Neon Genesis Evangelion.


January 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Japan is definitely one of the places on my "Must Travel" list. I very much love all things tech - and I know that is the place to be for it. And sushi, of course :).

January 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger susan259 said...

Hmmm...something about Japan...sushi? although I have never eaten it. Not wearing shoes in the house--something I can get behind. Also posted on your FB wall.

January 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Bwyatt said...

Fabulous! Just fabulous! I would love to visit Japan! My fav thing about Japan would probably be Rissa Odom... my bloggie friend who lives there! ;)

January 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger silentshade said...

I love japans scenery from the cherry blossoms and country side to the city's and people.

January 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger The Tucked Away Moon said...

I've always thought that Noh/Kabuki theater was intriguing and beautiful. I'd love to see one in person because the costumes and make up is just so beautiful. Though to be fair, I think everything from Japan & Asia is breath-taking and gorgeous. I have a special affinity for Japanese culture.

It would also be interesting and fun to be able to attend a J-Rock concert, cause I ain't gonna lie, I can't understand a word Gackt sings but Damn It all If I don't adore every single one of his songs.

January 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having never been to Japan, my favorite thing is sushi ;)

Your book sounds awesome!

tessadevan at hotmail dot com

January 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something I love about Japan is a little something called yuki-ichigo. It's a to-die-for little pastry made of a strawberry sitting on a small cookie, covered in ice cream which is then covered in sweet mochi. SO GOOD. I only got to try it once in a subway station... but oh my lollies it was amazing.

January 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Ann J. said...

I think that the Japanese language is fascinating. I took classes in it for 2 years, and it's a really intriguing mix of Chinese style characters and phonetic letters, but it's the most specific, nuanced language I have ever encountered.

annjaworski {at} gmail {dot} com

January 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

In high school I wanted so badly to go to Japan as a foreign exchange student but couldn't afford it.

I just love the adaptability of the culture, and yet how it still retains its strong roots and traditions.

To me, it's the perfect blend of East meets West.


January 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Japanese language. I like how there are three different written languages all with a different purpose. I took Japanese lessons a while back and still enjoy learning new characters in kanji.


January 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger TheBookReader said...

I like how Japan is s simple and has many different islands.

January 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

The architecture! The Buddhist temples and the feudal castles are amazing.

January 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Tarot By Arwen said...

Japan has always fascinated me. I've designed Tarot spreads based on the two houses of the Geisha. :D

I'll like Facebook when I get home.

January 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger mil said...

I like anime. They're made so well in Japan.

January 21, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Book Sake said...

The thing that intrigues me most about Japan...well I have to go with two: the fashion and the food. I love looking online at all the cool clothing and I love Japanese food, so I really want to go there to sample the real thing!
- Jessica @ Book Sake

January 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
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January 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Sharmaine C said...

I love Japan since I was a little girl. You can say that animes and mangas made me love the awesome country. But what I really love Japan is their culture. I mean, they combine both traditional and modern so that people won't EVER forget their roots. How awesome is that?! And you have got to love their school uniforms, sushi, rice balls, cherry blossoms, hot springs and kimonos!

me_winy AT yahoo DOT com DOT ph

January 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Sarahbotbonkers said...

Ganbatte?! Oh wow. I love that Tokyo Heist is set in Japan. Japan is very near my country, Philippines. And I'd love to visit there someday and see all the cherry blossoms and snow. Do your best as well in your book! :)

January 22, 2012 at 4:14 AM  
Anonymous Jayjay Atanacio said...

Thanks for this wonderful chance of winning your book! one think I know Japan is that Anime and Mangas is a popular in the country. I love watching anime specially Naruto and One Piece :)

January 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Shannon The Bookstalker said...

I love Japanese culture, specifically there fashion and art styles. I love anime! Thanks so much for the bonus contest.

January 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tokoyo Heist looks super good! Can't wait to get my hands on it. I really want to go to Japan to see their arts and their culture! Thanks for the bonus contest!!!!!


January 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger zay_arguelles said...

Japan provides all those awesome manga! I mean, they must have so many talented people to produce such large amount of art and literature!
I like the awesome and unique plot of your book. Good Luck! =)

January 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Cayce said...

I've been in Japan before, and I love so many things about it :)
One of my favorites is the Japanese cuisine (sushi, omurice, anything with matcha :)
Thank you for the giveaway! Your book sounds perfect :D

cayce006 at yahoo dot com

January 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nature side of japan intrigues me... it's such a live, bright seeming city, but is apparently calm and very naturely minded... how?

rfoster dot foster at gmail dot com

January 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM  

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