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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...

Claws of the Cat

Claws of the Cat
  • Author(s): Susan Spann
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 16th Century

When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful entertainer accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit priest who Hiro...

Emperor of The Eight Islands

Emperor of The Eight Islands
  • Author(s): Lian Hearn
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Medieval

An ambitious warlord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to surrender his wife to his older brother. A mysterious woman seeks five fathers for her children. A powerful priest...

Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai
  • Author(s): Margi Preus
  • Location(s): Japan, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1840s

A Japanese fishing vessel in 1841 sinks and its crew swims to a small unknown island to be rescued by a passing American ship. At the time, the Japanese borders were closed to all western nations so the Japanese...

Hokkaido Highway Blues

Hokkaido Highway Blues
  • Author(s): Will Ferguson
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

There are two common starting points for travelogues. One is a desire to pursue ancestral roots. The other is a drunken bet. Hokkaido Highway Blues is the latter. After too much saké, Canadian travel writer and English teacher Will...

Japantown (Jim Brodie)

Japantown (Jim Brodie)
  • Author(s): Barry Lancet
  • Location(s): Japan, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised...

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...

Lost in Tokyo

Lost in Tokyo
  • Author(s): Jenny Lynne
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemporary

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO ABANDON YOUR COMFORT ZONE TO FIND THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG. Nineteen-year-old Erin is hoping that her visit to Japan with her best friend, Adam, will be life-changing. Fifteen years ago, Erin’s mother mysteriously vanished....

Love in Translation

Love in Translation
  • Author(s): Wendy Nelson Tokunaga
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Stuck. That’s how 33-year-old aspiring singer Celeste Duncan feels. Stuck with her deadbeat boyfriend and static career. But then Celeste receives a puzzling phone call and a box full of mysterious family heirlooms, which just might be the first...

March was made of Yarn

March was made of Yarn
  • Author(s): David Karashima and Elmer Luke (Editors)
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): 2011/2012

Royalties from the sale of this book will go to charities working towards the reconstruction of north-eastern Japan. 11th March 2011. An earthquake occurring off the north-eastern coast of Japan – magnitude 9.0, duration six minutes – unleashed a...

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