shimodaThis week, The Marketplace of Ideas features a conversation with novelist Todd Shimoda, author of 365 Views of Mt. Fuji, The Fourth Treasure and now Oh!: A Mystery of Mono No Aware. Shimoda calls his stories “somewhat experimental, post-modernish, dealing with Asian or Asian-American themes to some degree, but also broad questions of existence,” or “philosophical mysteries.”

His latest novel documents an embodies a search for the elusive Japanese literary concept of mono no aware.

The Marketplace of Ideas airs every Thursday, five minutes past noon.