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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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The Office of Gardens and Ponds

The Office of Gardens and Ponds
  • Author(s): Didier Decoin
  • Location(s): Honshu, Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 12th Century

The village of Shimae is thrown into turmoil when master carp-catcher Katsuro suddenly drowns in the murky waters of the Kusagawa river. Who now will carry the precious cargo of carp to the Imperial Palace and preserve the crucial...

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Tokyo on Foot

Tokyo on Foot
  • Author(s): Florent Chavouet
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Chavouet is a Frenchman in Tokyo who has pulled together pencil drawings and observations in this book, with notes on the people and the culture. Illustration, design and Tokyo combined!

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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...

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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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The Shogun’s Queen: The Shogun Quartet #1

The Shogun’s Queen: The Shogun Quartet #1
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1850s

Only one woman can save her world from barbarian invasion but to do so will mean sacrificing everything she holds dear – love, loyalty and maybe life itself . . . Japan, and the year is 1853. Growing up...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020