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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and...

Colour Me In

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

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...

Cultivating a Fuji

Cultivating a Fuji
  • Author(s): Miriam Drori
  • Location(s): Japan, Bournemouth
  • 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...

Cutting Back

Cutting Back
  • Author(s): Leslie Buck
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Travelogue, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning...

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...

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...

Echoes From a Falling Bridge

Echoes From a Falling Bridge
  • Author(s): Toni Morgan
  • Location(s): China, Japan, Papua New Guinea
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WWII

In 1939, nineteen-year-old Nobuko Ito, born and raised in Fresno, California, sails to Japan to learn the culture and customs of her ancestors. She lives with her host family in the mountain village of Nishimi, where her host, her...

Emma’s Tapestry

Emma’s Tapestry
  • Author(s): Isobel Blackthorn
  • Location(s): London, Colorado, Japan, Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1914-1920 and 1939

At the dawn of World War Two, German-born nurse Emma Taylor sits by the bedside of a Jewish heiress in London as she reminisces over her dear friend, Oscar Wilde. As the story of Wilde unravels, so does Emma’s...

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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