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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
  • Author(s): Jackie Copleton
  • Location(s): Nagasaki, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living...

Above the East China Sea

Above the East China Sea
  • Location(s): Okinawa
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1945 and modern

In her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years...

Art Therapy: Japan: 100 Designs Colouring in and Relaxation

Art Therapy: Japan: 100 Designs Colouring in and Relaxation
  • Author(s): Julie Terrazzoni
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Miscellaneous

Rediscover your creativity and let your imagination and senses unwind with these 100 exquisitely drawn illustrations. The culture, art and natural beauty of Japan inspired the likes of Van Gogh and Monet to create some of their best pieces...

Dreamtime

Dreamtime
  • Author(s): Venetia Welby
  • Location(s): Ryukyuan Islands, Arizona
  • Genre(s): Dystopian
  • Era(s): Future - 2035

‘So, where is he then, your dad?’ The world may be on a precipice but Sol, fresh from Tucson-desert rehab, finally has an answer to the question that has dogged her since childhood. And not a moment too soon....

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, the geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha....

If Cats Disappeared From The World

If Cats Disappeared From The World
  • Author(s): Genki Kawamura
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Author(s): Arthur Golden
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1929 onwards

Chiyo-chan is a nine year old girl from a small fishing village,who has experienced a simple life until her Mother becomes fatally ill. She is sent by her Father to Gion, one of the Geisha areas of districts of...

RAINY DAY RAMEN and the COSMIC PACHINKO

RAINY DAY RAMEN and the COSMIC PACHINKO
  • Author(s): Gordon Vanstone
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Era(s): 2010

A delightfully debauched, spiritual quest through a hallucinatory Japan of cursed gaijin houses, seedy hostess bars, a Beatles-themed McDonalds, mysterious internet cafe denizens, and one seriously pissed off cat. After three years in Japan, Fred Buchanan is broke, unemployed...

Return to Hiroshima

Return to Hiroshima
  • Author(s): Bob Van Laerhoven
  • Location(s): Hiroshima
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

1995, Japan struggles with a severe economic crisis. Fate brings a number of people together in Hiroshima in a confrontation with dramatic consequences. Xavier Douterloigne, the son of a Belgian diplomat, returns to the city, where he spent his...

Signs for Lost Children

Signs for Lost Children
  • Author(s): Sarah Moss
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

Featured in fiction: The Financial Times Best Books of 2015 Only weeks into their marriage a young couple embark on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses and his wife Ally, Doctor Moberley-Cavendish,...

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