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The 47 Ronin Story

The 47 Ronin Story
  • Author(s): John Allyn
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 18th century

47 Ronin is the unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. This set off a chain of events that...

The Bells of Old Tokyo

The Bells of Old Tokyo
  • Author(s): Anna Sherman
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Various

For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the...

The Commoner

The Commoner
  • Author(s): John Burnham Schwartz
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1959 - 1989

In this national bestseller from the author of Reservation Road, a young woman, Haruko, becomes the first nonaristocratic woman to penetrate the Japanese monarchy. When she marries the Crown Prince of Japan in 1959, Haruko is met with cruelty...

The Kizuna Coast

The Kizuna Coast
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): Tōhoku, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 2011

When a devastating earthquake rocks Japan’s northeast coast, a tsunami follows and Rei Shimura is drawn into her most rugged adventure yet. The mystery begins with an SOS from Rei’s friend, the antiques dealer, Yasushi Ishida, who’s trapped among...

The Little House

The Little House
  • Author(s): Kyoko Nakajima
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

The Little House is set in the early years of the Showa era (1926-89), when Japan’s situation is becoming increasingly tense but has not yet fully immersed in a wartime footing. On the outskirts of Tokyo, near a station...

The Little Teashop in Tokyo

The Little Teashop in Tokyo
  • Author(s): Julie Caplin
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): RomCom
  • Era(s): Modern

For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true. Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face...

The Nakano Thrift Shop

The Nakano Thrift Shop
  • Author(s): Hiromi Kawakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Era(s): Modern

When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano’s sister, an...

The Pachinko Parlour

The Pachinko Parlour
  • Author(s): Elisa Shua Dusapin
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The days are beginning to draw in. The sky is dark by seven in the evening. I lie on the floor and gaze out of the window. Women’s calves, men’s shoes, heels trodden down by the weight of bodies...

The Piper’s Promise

The Piper’s Promise
  • Author(s): Alex Breck
  • Location(s): Scottish Highlands, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When his best friend Thad is arrested for a series of murders he didn’t commit on the wrong side of the planet, the young Scottish adventurer, Ridge Walker, must find the real killer in order to prove his innocence....

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
  • Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1939 onwards

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows early signs of promise at the national obsession of sumo wrestling,...

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