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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
  • Author(s): Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop...

Nagasaki

Nagasaki
  • Author(s): Eric Faye
  • Location(s): Nagasaki
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to his orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam...

The Lake

The Lake
  • Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A young woman moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to overcome her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. But she spends her time staring out of the window, only to realise that...

Tokyo Cancelled

Tokyo Cancelled
  • Author(s): Rana Dasgupta
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Thirteen short stories told by passengers stranded for the night at Tokyo airport. A tenuous link to Tokyo, but neverthless a collection of fairytales that are interesting.

Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman
  • Author(s): Sayaka Murata
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she’s about to lose it. Keiko isn’t normal. At school and university, people find her odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a...

1Q84

1Q84
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): Future

The year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about that. But in this world, there are two moons in the sky. In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely...

A Cat, a Man, and Two Women

A Cat, a Man, and Two Women
  • Author(s): Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Shinako has been ousted from her marriage by her husband Shozo and his younger lover Fukuko. She’s lost everything: her home, status, and respectability. Yet the only thing she longs for is Lily, the elegant tortoiseshell cat she shared...

A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice

A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice
  • Author(s): Komomo, Naoyuki Ogino
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the story of a contemporary Japanese teenager who, in a search for an identity, became fascinated with the world of geisha, and discovered in herself the will and the commitment to embark on the many years of...

A Mortal Song

A Mortal Song
  • Author(s): Megan Crewe
  • Location(s): Mount Fuji
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora...

A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills
  • Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Location(s): London, Nagasaki
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s and post WW2

In his highly acclaimed debut, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot...

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