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Up From the Sea

Up From the Sea
  • Author(s): Leza Lowitz
  • Location(s): Tōhoku
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult
  • Era(s): March 11, 2011 Tsunami

Running through my ruined town, pack flapping winglike against my back. Plowing through blocks strewn with heaps of refrigeratorsblackboardsbicyclestaxis bustedpianosshelvedesksstairs allmixedtogether in a marshland grave. In March 2011, a massive tsunami devastates Japan. Kai, a biracial teen from a...

Tokyo Hearts

Tokyo Hearts
  • Author(s): Renae Lucas-Hall
  • Location(s): Kyoto, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Haruka and Takashi are devoted to shopping and going out in Tokyo. She loves her Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermès scarves and Louboutin shoes. He enjoys eating out and looking through the department stores in Ginza and Shibuya. Together they...

Goodbye Tsugumi

Goodbye Tsugumi
  • Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

An elegiac story of two young cousins coming of age at the Japanese seaside, Goodbye, Tsugumi is an enchanting novel. Maria is the only daughter of an unmarried woman. She has grown up at the seaside alongside her cousin...

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions
  • Author(s): Orlando Ortega-Medina
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Israel, Quebec, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young...

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...

Ryokan: Japan’s Finest Traditional Inns

Ryokan: Japan’s Finest Traditional Inns
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Various

Natural spring bathing in Japan is a celebration, the lovely pause in hectic lives yearning for moments of tranquillity. The hushed intimacy of rooms behind sliding paper doors, the sweet and the tangy of Japanese fruits, vegetables and seafood,...

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Strange Weather in Tokyo
  • Author(s): Hiromi Kawakami
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Shortlisted for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least...

The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Author(s): Keigo Higashino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A single mother, assisted by her daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband. Her next door neighbour, a mathematician helps to create a scenario to provide the two women with iron-clad alibis. A detective, with the support of his logically minded...

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 Gilded Fan

The Gilded Fan
  • Author(s): Christina Courtenay
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Nagasaki, Plymouth
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1640s

How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love? It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to...

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