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Monkey Business International is the in-translation offspring of the Tokyo-based magazine Monkey Business, which was founded in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters.
MBI aims to translate and present a wide array of established and emerging authors, showcasing the best of contemporary Japanese literature.
With the generous support of the Nippon Foundation, A Public Space is the publisher and partner of Monkey Business International. MB and APS first conceived of MBI when Shibata curated a portfolio of Japanese literature in the debut issue of APS.
Issue 4 opens with a new contributor, Craft Ebbing Co., a designer duo who tells the story of a mysterious box alongside color pictures of their exquisite craftsmanship. Richard Powers brainfully unpacks the most-talked-about living Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and Kodansha Prize-winning translator Roger Pulvers unveils “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” one of the most popular stories by beloved Japanese giant, Kenji Miyazaki. Sci Fi wiz Toh Enjoe joins Monkey stalwarts Gen’ichiro Takashi, Hiromi Kawakami, Hideo Furukawa and Sachiko Kishimoto — plus debuts of new writers you must meet in our hungry pages.