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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being
  • Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
  • Location(s): Canada, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2010s

One day, about a year after the Japanese tsunami, frustrated author Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the beach near her island home off Canada’s west coast. Subsequent inspection reveals that it contains a diary written...

Losing Kei

Losing Kei
  • Author(s): Suzanne Kamata
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Jill is reeling from a bad relationship, and she decides to depart for Japan for a fresh start. She falls in love with the culture, and Yusuke Yamashiro. Although she is American, they decide to marry and she soon...

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Japan, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world...

Number9Dream

Number9Dream
  • Author(s): David Mitchell
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

As Eiji Miyake’s twentieth birthday nears, he sets out for the seething metropolis of Tokyo to find the father he has never met. There, he begins a thrilling, whirlwind journey where dreams, memories and reality collide then diverge as...

Out

Out
  • Author(s): Natsuo Kirino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Four women work nights together at a bento box factory on the outskirts of Tokyo, and form a friendship based on their mutual desperation at the quality of their home lives. Yamamoto, a young wife and mother kills her...

Roppongi

Roppongi
  • Author(s): Nick Vasey
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Roppongi is an ‘adventure-travel-fiction’ story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and...

The Courtesan and the Samurai: The Shogun Quartet #3

The Courtesan and the Samurai: The Shogun Quartet #3
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Second half 19th Century

1868. In Japan’s exotic pleasure quarters, sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love … Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her alone and vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house...

The Devil of Nanking

The Devil of Nanking
  • Author(s): Mo Hayder
  • Location(s): Nanjing (Nanking), Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): 1937 and 1990

Grey Hutchins is in pursuit of an obsession. She is searching for a piece of film taken during the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. Some say it never existed. Grey is certain that it does, and that it lies...

The Earthquake Bird

The Earthquake Bird
  • Author(s): Susanna Jones
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in Japan, The Earthquake Bird begins with an earth-tremor on its first page that echoes metaphorically through the book. Lucy is a young and insecure translator straining to survive in the bustling, impersonal city of Tokyo. She becomes...

The Gun

The Gun
  • Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On a night-time walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, besides which is lying a gun. From the moment Nishikawa makes the decision to take the gun, the world around him...

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