Book Blast: Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi


by Keith Yatsuhashi
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2013
Genre: YA, Japanese, Mythology

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When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”

Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfill her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession–that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane.

The Earth itself is at stake, and as Keiko fights to save it, strange, dormant abilities stir within her. She suspects they are vital to her world’s survival, but to summon them, she must first unlock the mysteries within herself and a past shrouded in mystery.

Kojiki Blast

About the Author


Keith Yatsuhashi was born in 1965 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Keith was a competitive figure skater for ten years, winning the U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in 1984, a bronze medal in the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a silver medal in 1984. In addition to his love of writing, Keith enjoys many hobbies such as golf, reading, and playing football and hockey with his sons. Keith currently lives in Norfolk, MA with his wife, Kathleen and three children—Caitlin, Jeffrey, and Justin.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • This sounds marvelous! And I love the cover, too — it looks almost Lovecraftian. I’m wishing Keith huge success. Yay for Horror writers! 🙂

  • Keith Yatsuhashi

    Thanks, Toni for the opportunity! Lexa, not that I want to sway you, but Kojiki is more adventure fantasy than horror. Think Godzilla or a big apocalyptic anime. Right now on Amazon, iTunes and–I think Barnes and Noble–you can do the ‘look inside the book’ thing and read the first couple of chapters. I hope you enjoy it. I’m a long-time anime fan, and I really wanted to do the genre justice.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Keith! I’m a long-time anime fan, too, so I’m a great person to having reviewing this when the tour rolls around. This is going to date me, but I also loved Godzilla and Ultraman growing up. Actually, I wasn’t alive when Ultraman first aired, or even when the series ended, but I was in love with the repeats. 🙂

      • Keith Yatsuhashi

        Me too with Ultraman! I remember it on TV too 😀 Just wanted to make sure you knew it wasn’t horror. FWIW, the ONE scene in the book I had to fight with my editor on had to do with a hot springs 🙂 The book needed that trope! Wouldn’t be anime without it. The scene is much shorter and tighter than it was, but it’s STILL there.