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My Old Home

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Holy Water

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Nighttime Picnic

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To an Incomparable Other

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Silver Song

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Planaria

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Love

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To Live

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Yudotei Enboku

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Salty Drive

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Breast and Ovum

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The Word Book

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Night and Day

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Kikotowa

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When the Cherry Blossoms Fall, I’ll Think of You

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Remote Control

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Fantasista

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I Was Already Prepared to Wail in Lament

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Shreds

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Song of Drifting Sands

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Devouring Each Other

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A True Novel

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The Eternal Child

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My Blood Is Someone Else’s

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A Record of Travel to the Land of Amanon

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The Budding Tree: Six Stories of Love in Edo

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A Grave for Nameless Orphans

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A Morning When Time Bleeds

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Translating Ryotaro Shiba's "Saka no ue no kumo" (Clouds above the Hill)

by Paul McCarthy

Ryotaro Shiba has been called a kokuminteki sakka (a truly national writer) by many people, including my friend Fumihiko Katayama, chief priest of the Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, near where I live. Many people I know personally have shown more interest in and enthusiasm for the project of translating …

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Coloring books for seniors: keep your hands busy and your brain will thank you

by Saku Masui

Japanese has many idioms and sayings that refer to te—the hands. Back-scratchers, for example—those long skinny devices typically made of wood that allow us to scratch itchy spots we could not otherwise reach—are known as mago no te, "grandchild's hand." The expression neko no te mo karitai—literally, "we'd like to …

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A wild monster chase: yokai and Haruki Murakami

by Matt Alt

If any one word sums up the canon of Haruki Murakami's fiction, it is "weird." For the record, I mean that as a compliment. But even the most ardent fan of Murakami in translation—and as we all know, there's a lot of them these days—would be forgiven for missing the …

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The allure of the historical—confessions of a translator

by Ian M. MacDonald

Historical fiction has been a mainstay of the Japanese literary scene since about 1000 AD, when Murasaki Shikibu penned the opening lines of her classic Tale of Genji: In a certain reign (whose can it have been?) someone of no very great rank, among all His Majesty's Consorts and Intimates, enjoyed …

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On Haruki Murakami's new novel: Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage" turned extravaganza

by Saku Masui

It's not unusual for the title of a Haruki Murakami work to refer to a piece of music. "Norwegian Wood," for example, or "South of the Border, West of the Sun." Even when the title makes no such overt reference, music may be featured memorably in the narrative itself, as with Leoš Janáček's

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"Light" love stories all the rage

by Saku Masui

As with other discretionary pleasures like alcohol and tobacco—though I suspect many book lovers will object to such a comparison—the hottest selling titles in fiction appear to indicate a strong preference for "lite" in reading matter as well. So-called "light novels," a distinctively Japanese category of fiction targeted primarily at …

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Toshihiko Yahagi's alternative goodbye

by Alfred Birnbaum

The last time I met Toshihiko Yahagi for drinks at his regular "mess hall" in Akasaka, we faced off over a quibbling but telling remark. I paraphrased Joyce's famous remark "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake" by way of saying I thought that deep down …

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A flowering of police novels

by Saku Masui

Japanese bestseller lists of recent years have been populated by a notable number of crime novels centering on police investigations. It is a commonplace of writers' handbooks that readers must never be allowed to become bored, and the timely deployment of a dead body is often recommended as a means …

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"The Child Who Was Born": between simulated experience and reality

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Some picture books become lifelong friends, renewing themselves according to the reader's age and experiences or the changing times. The late Yoko Sano, who died in 2010, produced more than a few such works, including Hyakuman-kai ikita neko (The Cat That Had a Million Lives). In the summer of 2011, I …

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