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A Thing of the Moment

A Thing of the Moment
  • Author(s): Bruno Noble
  • Location(s): Tokyo, London, Oxford
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s to 1990s

A novel written from the points of view of three women with the subject, besides telling the stories of how they grow up and meet, the nature of the self, or of identity. It takes its title from Straw...

Yuki Means Happiness

Yuki Means Happiness
  • Author(s): Alison Jean Lester
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Boston, Oahu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about...

How Do You Live?

How Do You Live?
  • Author(s): Genzaburo Yoshino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Publishing in English for the very first time, Japan’s beloved coming-of-age classic on what really matters in life The streets of Tokyo swarm below fifteen year-old Copper as he gazes out into the city of his childhood. Struck by...

Breasts and Eggs

Breasts and Eggs
  • Author(s): Mieko Kawakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On a hot summer’s day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko’s teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to...

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...

Fault Lines

Fault Lines
  • Author(s): Emily Itami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘A brilliant modern love story. I found it atmospheric and transporting but also wise, clever and universal in its exploration of love, family and identity. I loved it’ Cathy Rentzenbrink Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking...

The Piper’s Promise

The Piper’s Promise
  • Author(s): Alex Breck
  • Location(s): Scottish Highlands, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When his best friend Thad is arrested for a series of murders he didn’t commit on the wrong side of the planet, the young Scottish adventurer, Ridge Walker, must find the real killer in order to prove his innocence....

Spark

Spark
  • Author(s): Naoki Matayoshi, Alison Watts (translator)
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 21st Century

The cult Japanese phenomenon – a hilarious, prizewinning bestseller about making it in Manzai comedy Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either...

While I Was Away

While I Was Away
  • Author(s): Waka T Brown
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1980s

The Farewell meets Erin Entrada Kelly’s Blackbird Fly in this empowering middle grade memoir from debut author Waka T. Brown, who takes readers on a journey to 1980s Japan, where she was sent as a child to reconnect to...

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
  • Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1939 onwards

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows early signs of promise at the national obsession of sumo wrestling,...

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