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The Flower Arranger

The Flower Arranger
  • Author(s): J J Ellis
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Iriomote Island
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Present Day

Holly Blain wants to cover real news. The entertainment beat — pop stars and teen trends — was not why she moved to Tokyo. When she meets Inspector Tetsu Tanaka, head of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police’s Gaikoku-jin unit, it might...

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
  • Author(s): Jennifer Cody Epstein
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s -1960s

In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan’s New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers...

The Lady and the Monk

The Lady and the Monk
  • Author(s): Pico Iyer
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

The author spent a year in Japan in search of contemplation. Instead he found a land of contradictions, where the monks spent their evenings watching game shows. It was through his relationship with Sachiko, a Japanese lady who combined...

The Pine Islands

The Pine Islands
  • Author(s): Marion Poschmann
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees – immediately, irrationally, inexplicably – for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers...

The Silent Dead

The Silent Dead
  • Author(s): Tetsuya Honda
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Twenty-seven-year-old Detective Reiko Himekawa has an impressive ability to solve crimes. When a gruesomely slaughtered body wrapped in plastic is discovered, Reiko soon uncovers eleven other murders with a similar ‘signature’ and a reference to something called ‘strawberry night’,...

Buddhaland Brooklyn

Buddhaland Brooklyn
  • Author(s): Richard C Morais
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

As he approaches his fortieth birthday, the introverted monk Seido Oda is ordered by his superior to leave behind his peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan and set up a temple in Brooklyn’s Little Calabria. There...

The Heat of the Sun

The Heat of the Sun
  • Author(s): David Rain
  • Location(s): Mexico, Nagasaki, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

An exuberant debut that sweeps across the twentieth century—beginning where one world-famous love story left off to introduce us to another With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle of boarding-school admirers laughing uproariously around him,...

The Cherry Blossom Murder

The Cherry Blossom Murder
  • Author(s): Fran Pickering
  • Location(s): Japan, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Behind the scenes a killer is lurking… When Tokyo-based Londoner Josie finds a body under the cherry blossom, she sets out to track down the killer. But she finds that everyone has a secret and no one can be...

Tune In Tokyo

Tune In Tokyo
  • Author(s): Tim Anderson
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Tim Anderson was pushing thirty and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan, “where my status as a U.S. passport holder and card-carrying ‘American English’ speaker...

A Geek in Japan

A Geek in Japan
  • Author(s): Hector Garcia
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

With photos this book provides complete and accurate descriptions of varioius topics from the ancient traditions to the modern popular culture, and plenty of tips for travelers

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