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Killing Commendatore

Killing Commendatore
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Current

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he...

Kitchen

Kitchen
  • Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan’s brightest young literary star and is now a cult film. When Kitchen was first published...

Kokoro

Kokoro
  • Author(s): Natsume Soseki
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn 19th Century

A young student makes himself the acolyte of an old man he calls ‘Sensei’. Bitter, cynical and indolent, Sensei has withdrawn from society. The young student is at once attracted by these qualities and also deeply puzzled. Not even...

Massage World: The Novel

Massage World: The Novel
  • Author(s): Eric Madeen
  • Location(s): Japan, Southern California
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Postmodern present

Massage World is a crime thriller that concerns a massage therapist striving to open a straight, grandiose health spa against the wishes of a wild man from the shady side of the industry who takes her business over with...

Memorial

Memorial
  • Author(s): Bryan Washington
  • Location(s): Osaka, Houston
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Benson and Mike are two young guys who have been together for a few years – good years – but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. There’s the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for...

My Year of Meats

My Year of Meats
  • Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Jane Takagi-Little, by trade a documentary filmmaker, by nature a truth seeker, is “racially half, ” Japanese and American, and, as she tells us, “neither here nor there…” Jane is sharp-edged, desperate for a job, and determined not to...

Naked As The Day: A Tokyo Novel

Naked As The Day: A Tokyo Novel
  • Author(s): Marcus Bird
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A young man finds himself in ragingly cosmopolitan Tokyo, haunted by memories of the past, facing an uncertain future. When a typical twenty-something year old English teacher in Japan develops severe physical and psychological aversions to his daily routine...

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
  • Author(s): Kenzaburo Oe
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): World War II

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of 15 teenage reformatory boys evacuated in wartime to a remote mountain village where they are feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, the villagers flee,...

Not My Job – A Len Palmer Mystery (Book 2)

Not My Job – A Len Palmer Mystery (Book 2)
  • Author(s): Roger M Kaye
  • Location(s): Japan, French Alps
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Fiction
  • Era(s): Current

Please read the Len Palmer books in order. This is no.2, start with Snow Job Len Palmer, a ski-lift designer, is looking for work. After the disastrous end of the HiFly megalift (Snow Job – the first Len Palmer...

Occupied City (Tokyo Trilogy 2)

Occupied City (Tokyo Trilogy 2)
  • Author(s): David Peace
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1940s

In occupied Tokyo a man arrives at a bank talking of a dysentery outbreak, which he has been sent to treat. He administers a potion, and they fall dead. He robs the bank and disappears. Nothing has ever happened...

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