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A Riot of Goldfish

A Riot of Goldfish
  • Author(s): Kanoko Okamoto
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Novella
  • Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

The son of lower-class goldfish sellers falls in love with the beautiful daughter of his rich patron. After he is sent away to study the science of goldfish breeding, with strict orders to return and make his patron’s fortune,...

After Dark

After Dark
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Eyes mark the shape of the city The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel,...

All She Was Worth

All She Was Worth
  • Author(s): Miyuki Miyabe
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a “deep and moody” (New York Times Book Review) journey through the dark side of Japan’s consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable, personal debt and fall prey to dangerous...

American Fuji

American Fuji
  • Author(s): Sara Backer
  • Location(s): Mount Fuji
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Gaby Stanton, an American professor living in Japan, has lost her job teaching English at Shizuyama University. (No one will tell her exactly why.) Alex Thorn, an American psychologist, is mourning his son, a Shizuyama exchange student who was...

An Artist of the Floating World

An Artist of the Floating World
  • Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Post WW2

It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War Two, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated artist, Masuji Ono, fills his days attending to his garden, his...

Audrey Hepburn’s Neck

Audrey Hepburn’s Neck
  • Author(s): Alan Brown
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): late 20th century

Offering a unique perspective and unusual insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, Audrey Hepburn’s Neck is also a shrewd study of cross-cultural obsessions, and of erotic, romantic and familial love. The American author Alan Brown crosses both...

Because Japan

Because Japan
  • Author(s): Ash Watson
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Because Japan 日本ですから, is a truly unabashed account of the less publicised side of life in Tokyo for a ‘foreigner’. The book offers a witty, vivid and honest insight into the daily life of a British Expat over the course of...

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...

Bullet Train

Bullet Train
  • Author(s): Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa (translator)
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Five killers find themselves on a bullet train from Tokyo competing for a suitcase full of money. Who will make it to the last station? An original and propulsive thriller from a Japanese bestseller. Satoshi looks like an innocent...

Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind

Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind
  • Author(s): Amanda Jayne
  • Location(s): South America, Japan, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a shady guide...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021