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After Dark

After Dark
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Eyes mark the shape of the city The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel,...

Breasts and Eggs

Breasts and Eggs
  • Author(s): Mieko Kawakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On a hot summer’s day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko’s teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to...

Cult X

Cult X
  • Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When Toru’s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a PI he’s hired to find her. Ryoko’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one clue to her whereabouts is a previous address...

Falling From the Floating World

Falling From the Floating World
  • Author(s): Nick Hurst
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When Ray is sacked from his job in London, he goes to Japan hoping to start his life afresh. Things begin well: he lands work as an English teacher and strikes up a relationship with the beautiful, intriguing Tomoe....

Fault Lines

Fault Lines
  • Author(s): Emily Itami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘A brilliant modern love story. I found it atmospheric and transporting but also wise, clever and universal in its exploration of love, family and identity. I loved it’ Cathy Rentzenbrink Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking...

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
  • Author(s): Lauren Elkin
  • Location(s): Paris, London, New York City (NYC), Tokyo, Venice
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘Flâneuse , noun, from the French. Feminine form of flâneur , an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.’ If the word flâneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then...

Girl in a Box

Girl in a Box
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Chronically underemployed Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura has taken a freelance gig with a Washington, D.C., alphabet agency that just might have ties to the CIA. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, is to go undercover as a...

How Do You Live?

How Do You Live?
  • Author(s): Genzaburo Yoshino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Publishing in English for the very first time, Japan’s beloved coming-of-age classic on what really matters in life The streets of Tokyo swarm below fifteen year-old Copper as he gazes out into the city of his childhood. Struck by...

In The Miso Soup

In The Miso Soup
  • Author(s): Ryu Murakami
  • Location(s): Shinjuku
  • Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s just before New Year, and Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s nightlife. But, Frank’s behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion: his...

Kokoro

Kokoro
  • Author(s): Natsume Soseki
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn 19th Century

A young student makes himself the acolyte of an old man he calls ‘Sensei’. Bitter, cynical and indolent, Sensei has withdrawn from society. The young student is at once attracted by these qualities and also deeply puzzled. Not even...

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