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Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Author(s): Sayaka Murata

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she’s about to lose it. Keiko isn’t normal. At school and university, people find her odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a...

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Cult X

Cult X

Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura

Location(s): Tokyo

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

When Toru’s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a PI he’s hired to find her. Ryoko’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one clue to her whereabouts is a previous address...

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Cultivating a Fuji

Cultivating a Fuji

Author(s): Miriam Drori

Location(s): Bournemouth, Japan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1970s to present

Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What...

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Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance

Author(s): Haruki Murakami

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic 13-year-old dropout with a passion for Talking Heads. A hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. A one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator...

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Dreaming Pachinko

Dreaming Pachinko

Author(s): Isaac Adamson

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): 2001

Tokyo, July 2001: Hard-boiled reporter Billy Chaka is back in the neon metropolis interviewing a has-been pop singer turned pachinko fanatic for Youth in Asia magazine. Looks like an easy assignment until he witnesses a beautiful young woman suffer...

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Falling From the Floating World

Falling From the Floating World

Author(s): Nick Hurst

Location(s): Tokyo

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

When Ray is sacked from his job in London, he goes to Japan hoping to start his life afresh. Things begin well: he lands work as an English teacher and strikes up a relationship with the beautiful, intriguing Tomoe....

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Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Author(s): Lauren Elkin

Location(s): London, New York City (NYC), Paris, Tokyo, Venice

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): Contemporary

‘Flâneuse , noun, from the French. Feminine form of flâneur , an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.’ If the word flâneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then...

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Gai-Jin

Gai-Jin

Author(s): James Clavell

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 1800s

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House…the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern age…a beautiful young French woman forever torn between ambition and desire…Their lives intertwine...

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Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan

Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan

Author(s): Mark Panek

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Biography

Era(s): 1980s and 1990s

At the age of eighteen, Chad Rowan left his home in rural Hawaii for Tokyo with visions of becoming a star athlete in Japan’s national sport, sumo. Five years later, against the backdrop of rising U.S.-Japan economic tension, Rowan...

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Geisha

Geisha

Author(s): Liza Dalby

Location(s): Kyoto

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): 1970s

The author, the only non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider’s look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite. The new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of...

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