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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...

One Hot Summer in Kyoto

One Hot Summer in Kyoto
  • Author(s): John Haylock
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A different side of Japan is depicted by John Haylock, who has spent many years in the country and shows the reader a very different side in this novel. A man takes a trip to Kyoto after shipping his...

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...

People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness
  • Author(s): Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): mid 200s onwards

A deeply compelling and chilling journey into the dark side of Japan, centred on the tragic case of Lucie Blackman

Rainbirds

Rainbirds
  • Author(s): Clarissa Goenawan
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense
  • Era(s): 1994

Intertwining elements of suspense and magical realism, award-winning literary debut RAINBIRDS opens with a murder and shines a spotlight on life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly done with graduate school when he receives news of his...

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...

Sayonara Bar

Sayonara Bar
  • Author(s): Susan Barker
  • Location(s): Osaka
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Mary, a blond graduate from England, has drifted into a job in a hostess lounge in Osaka. She and other ?economy geishas? are employed by the enigmatic Mama san to spend their evenings flirting with rich Japanese salarymen, playing...

Shogun

Shogun
  • Author(s): James Clavell
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1500s

A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition,...

Silk

Silk
  • Author(s): Alessandro Baricco
  • Location(s): France, Japan
  • Genre(s): Novella
  • Era(s): 1861

The year is 1861. Herve Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for...

The Cat with Three Passports

The Cat with Three Passports
  • Author(s): C J Fentiman
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Current

A girl struggling to fit in. A homeless kitten. An unexpected job offer in an unfamiliar country that changes everything. CJ had a long history of escaping places and people she wasn’t fond of. But for the sake of...

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