All Yomimono is a literary magazine/journal published in Japan, featuring stories, essays, poetry, interviews, and artwork from Japan and other countries. Like many literary journals it brings together work from people who may not be widely known. This is great for the artists and the readers. For those published within it’s pages it provides much deserved recognition and exposure to a larger audience. For readers it’s a chance to discover what would have other wise been lost amongst an endless sea of new media.
The publications blog, http://yomimono.wordpress.com/, is a treasure trove of new and interesting artists to discover and enjoy. Although it seems it hasn’t been updated since September of 2012, the older material is still worth taking a look. As I’ve only just discovered the journal my self, I haven’t yet had a chance to read any of the stories. However, it has already lead me in the direction of several musicians and artists I would have never found otherwise. I suspect, as with all literary journals, that the material will be fun, exciting, off-the-wall, and not entirely what you’re used to reading. If you’re anything like me I often go through phases when it comes to reading. One month nothing but Jack London, the next nothing but Henry Miller. Then for no reason I leave America and concentrate on Russian authors like Dostoevsky. That’s why recently I started turning over rocks in search of something unknown and hidden in Japan.
If you’d like to look into purchasing some copies of the magazine you can go to:
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=NEOBK-1263229 or http://shop.mitsuwa.com/eng/egoods/edetail.php?pid=1946
In addition the journal is now available on Amazon, which is probably the most reliable source. It seems older issues are out of stock on other sites. This is issue number 16, the newest issue as far as I know.
As a writer myself I look forward to delving into these stories and would love to know what other people think about this publication. I’m a big fan of more independent underground systems of art distribution. Also, if anyone knows how to contact the people at All Yomimono I’d love to know so that I could submit something of my own. Thanks and enjoy the reading.