Edited and translated by Yuichi Hirayama, Masamichi Higurashi, and Hirotaka Ueda
Japan and Sherlock Holmes translates into English the best non-fiction writings of Japan for an audience previously unable to enjoy this treasure trove of Sherlockian scholarship. This anthology spans a period from 1911 to the present, and was edited by three members of the BSI as the first volume in the International Series.
It contains many Sherlockian analytical pieces, such as Stapleton's true identity, a comparison between The Count of Monte Cristo and A Study in Scarlet, and an article which definitively answers all questions pertaining to "The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant." There is a charming homage to Japan's Sherlockian father, Dr. Kohki Naganuma, and a very early account of a Japanese journalist's 1910 meeting with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in London.
193 pages, hardcover, December 2004
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PART 1: INTRODUCTION Now and Then of Japanese Sherlockiana (A Brief History) by Masamichi Higurashi
Influence of the Canon on Japanese Detective Stories by Yuichi Hirayama
A Short History of the Juvenile Version of Sherlock Holmes Tales in Japan by Hirotaka Ueda
PART 2: HISTORIC AND EPOCH-MAKING ARTICLES An Interview with Mr. Conan Doyle by Kan-ichi Ando
Professor Moriarty by Fuboku Kosakai
On Conan Doyle by Saburo Kohga
Japan Chapter of The Baker Street Irregulars by Edogawa Rampo
Poe and Doyle by Edogawa Rampo
Sherlock Holmes and "Baritsu" by Shinken Makino
PART 3: ARTICLES FROM A FRESH VIEWPOINT Some Observations on Tobacco by Kohki Naganuma
Whereabouts of the Man with the Twisted Lip by Yuro Nakagawa
Is It Possible to Use a Fiend Dog for Murder?—Analyzing The Hound of the Baskervilles by Tatsuo Saneyoshi
Could Holmes Have Had Lunch in a Dining Car? by Shigeru Koike
The True Identity of Stapleton by Shin-ichi Kanto
The Count of Monte Cristo and A Study in Scarlet by Fumitaka Sasano
Fishing with Cormorants by Ryohei Matsushita
On the Content of "The Dynamics of an Asteroid" by Koji Hashimoto
The True Identity of the King of Bohemia by Yuichi Hirayama
Sherlock Holmes: The Chronology of His Adventures by Toshio Suzuki
The Adventure of William K. Burton in Japan by Takashi Ishii
PART 4: ESSAYS, POEMS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS The Baker Street Irregulars' Dinner in the Snow by Tsukasa Kobayashi and Akane Higashiyama
The Death of a Soldier by On Watanabe
Art in the Blood by Tsutomu Iwamoto
A Clue for the "Without A Clue" by Seiji Kasahara
Error Margin of the Number of the Bricks Under 3% by Kiyoshi Tanaka
The Tokyo Mentor, Forever and Ever by Fumiyoshi Takahashi
About the Series The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, publishes The International Series to bring more exposure to the best Sherlockian scholarship from around the world.