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The Lovers’ Room

The Lovers’ Room
  • Author(s): Steven Carroll
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Second Word War

The lovers room would always be theirs, and they would take it with them wherever they went. As the Allied forces occupy Japan at the end of World War II, an intense love affair develops between Australian Allen Spin...

The Scarlet Kimono

The Scarlet Kimono
  • Author(s): Christina Courtenay
  • Location(s): Japan, Plymouth
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1600s

Abducted by a Samurai warlord in 17th-century Japan what happens when fear turns to love? England, 1611, and young Hannah Marston envies her brother’s adventurous life. But when she stows away on a merchant ship, her powers of endurance...

The Teahouse Fire

The Teahouse Fire
  • Author(s): Ellis Avery
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 19th Century

The fortunes of a family stand or fall by the use of the proper principles of the Tea Ceremony, a story as intricate as the tea ceremony itself.

Water Lily

Water Lily
  • Author(s): Susanna Jones
  • Location(s): Shanghai, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Runa is a young Japanese woman who teaches in a high school and has an affair with one of her pupils. Rather than face the consequences, she flees to Shanghai, where she hopes to meet a friend. Ralph is...

Who is Mr Satoshi

Who is Mr Satoshi
  • Author(s): Jonathan Lee
  • Location(s): Sapporo, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On the day his mother dies reclusive photographer Rob Fossick – forty-one and already in the twilight of his career – finds among her belongings an unexplained package addressed to a ‘Mr Satoshi’. So begins a quest that will...

The Hare with Amber Eyes

The Hare with Amber Eyes
  • Author(s): Edmund de Waal
  • Location(s): Paris, Tokyo, Vienna
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): 1870s onwards

de Waal is one of Britain’s most well known potters and this is the story of a collection of netsuke, inherited from his Uncle. This is their story, which starts in Paris in the 1870s,where they were purchased by...

Spark

Spark
  • Author(s): Naoki Matayoshi, Alison Watts (translator)
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 21st Century

The cult Japanese phenomenon – a hilarious, prizewinning bestseller about making it in Manzai comedy Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself when he is taken under the wing of Kamiya, who is either...

The Restaurant of Love Regained

The Restaurant of Love Regained
  • Author(s): Ito Ogawa
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in modern-day Japan, the story follows Rinko, who is a young woman who finds herself penniless when her boyfriend clears their flat of all of her possessions. She has nowhere to go so she decides to return to...

The Thief

The Thief
  • Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to...

Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy 1)

Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy 1)
  • Author(s): David Peace
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Thriller

Post war Japan…The police force barely functions, and a variety of unpleasant individuals struggle for supremacy in Tokyo’s thriving black market. Peace’s protagonist, Detective Minami, is assigned a difficult case: the bodies of two women are found in Sheba...

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