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Fault Lines

Fault Lines
  • Author(s): Emily Itami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘A brilliant modern love story. I found it atmospheric and transporting but also wise, clever and universal in its exploration of love, family and identity. I loved it’ Cathy Rentzenbrink Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking...

Fifty Words for Rain

Fifty Words for Rain
  • Author(s): Asha Lemmie
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s onwards

From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age novel about a young woman’s quest for acceptance in post-World War II Japan. Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.” Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori”...

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Short Stories, Autobiography/Memoirs, Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A mindbending new collection of short stories from the unique, internationally acclaimed author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. The eight masterly stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic...

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): Paris, London, New York City (NYC), 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Geisha, a Life (Geisha of Gion)

Geisha, a Life (Geisha of Gion)
  • Author(s): Mineko Iwasaki
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1950s to 1980s

Celebrated as the most successful geisha of her generation, Mineko Iwasaki was only five years old when she left her parents’ home for the world of the geisha. For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled...

Girl in a Box

Girl in a Box
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Chronically underemployed Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura has taken a freelance gig with a Washington, D.C., alphabet agency that just might have ties to the CIA. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, is to go undercover as a...

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