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Colour Me In

Colour Me In
  • Author(s): Lydia Ruffles
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

FIX ME. DRAW ME WHOLE. COLOUR ME IN. “A dream of a novel”Buzz feed “Dark, vivid and totally original. I loved it.” Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal “Remember the name Lydia Ruffles” Stylist The Catcher...

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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

Gaijin
  • Author(s): Sarah Z Sleeper
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Japanese word gaijin means “unwelcome foreigner.” It’s not profanity, but is a slur directed at non-Japanese people in Japan. Lucy is a budding journalist at Northwestern University and she’s obsessed with an exotic new student, Owen Ota, who...

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