The Wild Parrots Go to Japan

The Cover for the Japanese Edition of the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The Cover for the Japanese Edition of the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The translator for the Japanese edition of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Masayoshi Kobayashi, sent me an electronic image of the cover this weekend. The book has been printed and will be released between January 15 and 20. I’m very happy about this. It’s my first overseas edition. They changed the title to Observation Sketches (Record, Description, Notes) on the Wild Parrots in the City, thinking that Telegraph Hill wouldn’t mean anything to most Japanese. That’s fine with me. There are a number of references to Japan and Japanese culture in the book—particularly Zen. I hope it resonates. I would like to thank Masayoshi who read my book in English, liked it, and took it upon himself to find a Japanese publisher. I’ll be getting my own copy in a week or so. Looking forward to that!

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12 Responses to “The Wild Parrots Go to Japan”

  1. Chandani Diaz Says:

    That’s wonderful!! Now more people in the world can enjoy your book!!

  2. Thoma Lile Says:

    Congratulations on this! Great news. It’s a beautiful book cover, by the way…

  3. unhoppy Says:

    It is heartwarming to know this. It will increase awareness of the parrot crisis. And the parrots should benefit from their expanded international voice. Nice cover design. Congratulations!

  4. Kate Says:

    Congratulations! 🙂

  5. Tim Mueller Says:

    I was just thinking about this a little while ago. Congratulations!

  6. Kelly Says:

    Wonderful! I’m glad your story will be shared with people on the other side of the globe.

  7. Shelley Says:

    Congratulations, Mark! I

    I’ve read your book and watched the movie. Now seems like a perfect time to tell you your photographs of the birds are absolutely stunning and the Japanese cover is a prime example. It’s a compelling story, actually two stories (the birds and you).

    • markbittner Says:

      Thank you, but the book cover photograph isn’t mine. I don’t know for sure where it came from, but blown up to full size you can see video lines. My hunch is that it’s a “screen shot” from The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill DVD. Maybe I’ll find out once my copies of the book arrive here. I should add that if that’s what it is, neither Judy nor I have a problem with it. We’re hoping that the book might generate some interest in showing the film on Japanese TV. It’s hard to get past the gatekeepers these days. Most of them are either totally commercially oriented or they’re postmodernists demanding irony, quirkiness, and an utterly bleak point of view.

  8. unhoppy Says:

    I’m wondering if the Japanese edition includes the history, that chapter that was ommited and then posted online separately. I really liked that chapter. I’d like to read it again, but I seem to have lost track of it.

  9. Sarah Says:

    This is so cool! Congratulations, Mark.

    Je aime les oiseaux et le peuple du Japon.

  10. Alan Jewett Says:

    Hey Mark – how are you? Glad to see you are pushing forward as always with the real…Talk soon?

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