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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...

What’s Left of Me is Yours

What’s Left of Me is Yours
  • Author(s): Stephanie Scott
  • Location(s): Japan, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction

In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the wakaresaseya (literally “breaker-upper”), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent,...

While I Was Away

While I Was Away
  • Author(s): Waka T Brown
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1980s

The Farewell meets Erin Entrada Kelly’s Blackbird Fly in this empowering middle grade memoir from debut author Waka T. Brown, who takes readers on a journey to 1980s Japan, where she was sent as a child to reconnect to...

Yuki Means Happiness

Yuki Means Happiness
  • Author(s): Alison Jean Lester
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Boston, Oahu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about...

Zen Attitude

Zen Attitude
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s tough to keep cool when the heat is on Japanese-American Rei Shimura finally has a life to be proud of in Tokyo: running her own antiques business and living with her Scottish lawyer boyfreind. But when Rei overpays...

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