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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 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,...

The Things She Owned

The Things She Owned
  • Author(s): Katherine Tamiko Arguile
  • Location(s): Okinawa, London, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, 1940s-50s

Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika is still surrounded by the things she left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgwood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. Against her Japanese family’s wishes, Erika has...

Tokyo

Tokyo
  • Author(s): Nicholas Hogg
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Social psychologist Ben Monroe has returned to Tokyo after a failed marriage, determined to seek out his former lover Kozue. His estranged teenage daughter Mazzy reluctantly flies from California to join him. On the flight she meets a young...

Tokyo Redux

Tokyo Redux
  • Author(s): David Peace
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 1949/1964/1988

The Occupation had a hangover, but still the Occupation went to work. Tokyo, July 1949, President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. In the midst...

Tokyo Ueno Station

Tokyo Ueno Station
  • Author(s): Yu Miri
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1933 forwards

As a work of post-tsunami literature and a protest against the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this novel is of utmost importance to this moment, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive, deeply felt depiction of the lives...

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1995

In spite of the perpetrators’ intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after-effects. Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened on the subway that...

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