Literature

703 results for Category: Literature
  • The Cat Who Came to the Rescue of Books
    Sōsuke Natsukawa

    The Cat Who Came to the Rescue of Books 本を守ろうとする猫の話

    The story probes the significance and value that books have in life as it traces the adventures of a somewhat introverted teenage boy and a cat in their efforts to rescue books from unfortunate fates.… … Details

  • The Opponent, Miyamoto Musashi
    Masaki Kinoshita

    The Opponent, Miyamoto Musashi 敵の名は、宮本武蔵

    Miyamoto Musashi (d. 1645) was one of the most storied swordsmen of the Edo period (1603–1867); his Gorin no sho (The Book of Five Rings), a discussion of martial arts and military strategy, has even… … Details

  • Lovers by Mail
    Areno Inoue

    Lovers by Mail 綴られる愛人

    A suspenseful love story in which a man and woman who know each other only through letters grow increasingly infatuated with each other, then end up colluding to commit a crime. The story is told… … Details

  • The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers
    Teru Miyamoto

    The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers 草花たちの静かな誓い

    Kikue Alcott, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Japanese descent, dies of a sudden heart attack on April 14, 2013, while bathing in a hot spring during a visit to Japan. Her American husband Ian… … Details

  • Ieyasu Raises a City
    Yoshinobu Kadoi

    Ieyasu Raises a City 家康、江戸を建てる

    This historical novel tells the story of how Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) built the city of Edo—today’s Tokyo—as the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate. Through it, his heirs maintained a “Pax Tokugawa” over a… … Details

  • A Collection of Crime Stories
    Shūichi Yoshida

    Five short crime stories probe the depths of human avarice, revealing the unpredictability and fragility of life with the same acute sensibilities author Shūichi Yoshida brought to such best-selling works as Akunin (tr. Villain) and… … Details

  • Child of the Stars
    Natsuko Imamura

    This story of a girl who grows up in a family that finds comfort in a new religion centers mainly on events when she is a ninth grader, with flashbacks taking the reader to her… … Details

  • The Waxing and Waning of the Moon
    Shōgo Satō

    The story of a love cut short by death—but that then persists over multiple reincarnations. The event that sets everything in motion is an illicit love affair that takes place in the mid-1980s between Ruri… … Details

  • I, I’m Going Alone
    Chisako Wakatake

    I, I’m Going Alone おらおらでひとりいぐも

    Universal and eternal truths about human existence emerge in bold relief from the reflections of an elderly widow on what at first glance appears to be an unexceptional life. Narrator Momoko Hidaka is 74 years… … Details

  • Back of Shadow
    Shinsuke Numata

    Taking place partly in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this story focuses on characters who feel marginalized in their communities in today’s Japan. Remarkably, first-time author Shinsuke Numata accomplishes the acrobatic feat… … Details

  • Model Village, Taichung
    Ian Hideo Levy

    This is a collection of four stories by American-born author Ian Hideo Levy, who now makes his home in Japan and writes fiction in Japanese. The title work is a thrilling and captivating account of… … Details

  • Tracks in the Ice
    Shino Sakuragi

    An elderly man’s body is discovered on a beach in the eastern Hokkaido port city of Kushiro, and the investigation begins with few useful clues to go on. The tale proceeds from there in the… … Details

  • Proofreader Girl
    Ayako Miyagi

    Proofreader Girl 校閲ガール

    A volume of linked stories featuring a young woman who works in the Proofreading Department at a major publishing house. Our heroine is the 24-year-old Etsuko Kōno. It is now two years since she joined… … Details

  • America: The End of the Experiment
    Yūsuke Miyauchi

    America: The End of the Experiment アメリカ最後の実験

    This tale of a young Japanese pianist competing for entry into a famous music school in the United States is crossed with the mystery of his missing father and told in a hard-boiled style that… … Details

  • To Africa to Conquer the Locusts
    Koutaro Ould Maeno

    To Africa to Conquer the Locusts バッタを倒しにアフリカへ

    A young Japanese entomologist goes to Mauritania to do battle with pillaging locusts, and in the face of many collateral dangers, lives to tell the tale with a hearty sense of humor. The book became… … Details

  • Please Take Good Care of My Corpse
    Hiromi Kawakami

    Please Take Good Care of My Corpse ぼくの死体をよろしくたのむ

    In spite of its odd premise, the title work in this collection of 18 short stories instantly captures the reader’s interest and leaves a strong impression at the end. Following her father’s last wishes, narrator… … Details

  • Goodbye, Monsieur
    Shoh Kataoka

    Goodbye, Monsieur さよなら、ムッシュ

    A story of the friendship between a young man with a brain tumor who has only six months to live, and his pet plush-toy koala that not only moves but talks. Seitarō Mori is 27… … Details

  • The Confession of the Sirens
    Shichiri Nakayama

    The Confession of the Sirens セイレーンの懺悔

    The “Afternoon Japan” news show on Teito TV in Tokyo has received a warning from the Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO) for fabrications and other unjournalistic practices in their reportage, and the program… … Details

  • Goodbye for Today
    Kaori Ishida

    Goodbye for Today きょうの日は、さようなら

    Kyōko lost her mother at the age of five. Her mother had been hospitalized shortly after giving birth to her and then went into long-term care, so Kyōko had never had the chance to be… … Details

  • A Sign in the Stars
    Tomoka Shibasaki

    A Sign in the Stars 星のしるし

    An otherwise mundane narrative lacking in any extraordinary incident sparkles everywhere with the idiosyncratic perspectives author Tomoka Shibasaki brings to the events. It is a work that has much in common with her Akutagawa Prize-winning… … Details