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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...

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!

The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat
  • Author(s): Takashi Hiraide
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat...

The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree
  • Author(s): Oswald Wynd
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

A young woman travels from Edinburgh to Peking in the early 20th century,and writes about her experiences in diary form. She is trapped in a loveless marriage to a stiff and conventional man, and then falls in love with...

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being
  • Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
  • Location(s): Canada, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2010s

One day, about a year after the Japanese tsunami, frustrated author Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the beach near her island home off Canada’s west coast. Subsequent inspection reveals that it contains a diary written...

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
  • Author(s): Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop...

Blue Light Yokohama

Blue Light Yokohama
  • Author(s): Nicolás Obregón
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

Inspired by the still unsolved murder of a Japanese family in 2000, Blue Light Yokohama is 2017’s most original and gripping crime debut . . . Setagaya ward, Tokyo Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo’s homicide department, is...

Goodbye Tsugumi

Goodbye Tsugumi
  • Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

An elegiac story of two young cousins coming of age at the Japanese seaside, Goodbye, Tsugumi is an enchanting novel. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin...

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions
  • Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Israel, Quebec, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young...

Last Stop Tokyo

Last Stop Tokyo
  • Author(s): James Buckler
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex. The bright lights and dark corners...

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