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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...

Tokyo-ing!: Three Novellas

Tokyo-ing!: Three Novellas
  • Author(s): Eric Madeen
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Present

Tokyo-ing is a masterful tour de force of a book, combining three short fast-paced novellas into a compassionate and profound look at life and culture in contemporary Japan. Though author Eric Madeen has taken on serious matters — karoshi...

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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