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Signs for Lost Children

Signs for Lost Children
  • Author(s): Sarah Moss
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

Featured in fiction: The Financial Times Best Books of 2015 Only weeks into their marriage a young couple embark on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses and his wife Ally, Doctor Moberley-Cavendish,...

The Shogun’s Queen: The Shogun Quartet #1

The Shogun’s Queen: The Shogun Quartet #1
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1850s

Only one woman can save her world from barbarian invasion but to do so will mean sacrificing everything she holds dear – love, loyalty and maybe life itself . . . Japan, and the year is 1853. Growing up...

The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree
  • Author(s): Oswald Wynd
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

A young woman travels from Edinburgh to Peking in the early 20th century,and writes about her experiences in diary form. She is trapped in a loveless marriage to a stiff and conventional man, and then falls in love with...

A Single Rose

A Single Rose
  • Author(s): Muriel Barbery
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The temples and teahouses of Kyoto are the scene of a Frenchwoman’s emotional awakening in the stunning new novel by international bestseller Muriel Barbery. Rose has turned 40, but has barely begun to live. When the Japanese father she...

Above the East China Sea

Above the East China Sea
  • Location(s): Okinawa
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1945 and modern

In her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years...

Blue Light Yokohama

Blue Light Yokohama
  • Author(s): Nicolás Obregón
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

Inspired by the still unsolved murder of a Japanese family in 2000, Blue Light Yokohama is 2017’s most original and gripping crime debut . . . Setagaya ward, Tokyo Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo’s homicide department, is...

Japan. Funny Side Up

Japan. Funny Side Up
  • Author(s): Amy Chavez
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Veteran Japan Times columnist Amy Chavez guides you through the complex culture of Japan through essays, cultural tips and useful Japanese phrases to make learning about Japan as fun as possible. Chavez tells you why you should go to...

Last Stop Tokyo

Last Stop Tokyo
  • Author(s): James Buckler
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex. The bright lights and dark corners...

Pure Invention

Pure Invention
  • Author(s): Matt Alt
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): WW2 to present

The Walkman. Karaoke. Pikachu. Pac-Man. Akira. Emoji. We’ve all fallen in love with one or another of Japan’s pop-culture creations, from the techy to the wild to the super-kawaii. But as Japanese-media veteran Matt Alt proves in this brilliant...

The Cat and The City

The Cat and The City
  • Author(s): Nick Bradley
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in...

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