Literature

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  • Southwestern Silk Road
    Hideyuki Takano

    Southwestern Silk Road 西南シルクロードは密林に消える

    A “nonfiction entertainment” in which author Hideyuki Takano travels the so-called “Southwestern Silk Road” from the city of Chengdu in the central Chinese province of Sichuan through northern Myanmar and into India. The Silk Road… … Details

  • Chorus of Cicadas
    Shūhei Fujisawa

    Chorus of Cicadas 蝉しぐれ

    Even 20 years after his death, Shūhei Fujisawa remains one of Japan’s most popular authors of fiction set in the Edo period (1603–1867), with many of his titles continuing to enjoy strong sales today. This… … Details

  • Tea for the Grandees
    Jun Itō

    Tea for the Grandees 天下人の茶

    Medieval Japan endured an extended period of fragmentation when warring feudal domains were vying fiercely with one another to expand their territory, before the hegemonic ambitions of Oda Nobunaga (1534–82), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–98), and finally… … Details

  • Silent Breath
    Kyōko Minami

    Silent Breath サイレント・ブレス

    This novel follows the footsteps of a doctor who works for a health clinic serving terminally ill patients who wish to die in their own homes rather than in an institutional setting. Although surveys indicate… … Details

  • Marriage
    Areno Inoue

    Marriage 結婚

    This novel pays homage to the 1982 novel of the same title written by Mitsuharu Inoue, author Areno Inoue’s father. It revisits the subject of love fraud taken up in the earlier work, examining it… … Details

  • For Red
    Areno Inoue

    For Red 赤へ

    The volume contains ten stories that portray with compelling force how the shadow of death can creep unexpectedly into human relationships. Author Areno Inoue is always at her best, and especially so in her short… … Details

  • How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death
    Mikito Chinen

    How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death 優しい死神の飼い方

    A fanciful tale in which a dog rescued by a young nurse working for a terminal-care facility becomes a therapy dog for the patients in an unusual way, and also solves an old murder mystery.… … Details

  • The Adventures of a Galactic Loan Shark
    Yūsuke Miyauchi

    The five linked stories in this humor-filled sci-fi collection take place on the first exoplanet that humans have succeeded in colonizing, familiarly referred to as “Second Avenue,” where a loan shark and his boss go… … Details

  • See You in the Land of Cherry Blossoms
    Shinobu Suga

    Sandwiched between the great powers of Germany and Russia, Poland has twice been wiped off the map in the course of history. This historical novel traces, through the eyes of a Japanese observer, the country’s… … Details

  • Backstage at the Festivities
    Miho Shimao

    This collection of seven linked stories portrays mid-20th century life on the tiny southern Japanese island of Kakeroma, where author Miho Shimao spent much of her life. In many of the tales, the narrative voice… … Details

  • The Vermilion Thumbprint
    Hiroki Nagaoka

    A master of the puzzler mystery presents four exemplars of the genre, laying his groundwork and distributing clues with meticulous care as he builds to a climax that will have readers catching their breath in… … Details

  • Twelve Chapters on Her
    Kyōko Nakajima

    Twelve Chapters on Her 彼女に関する十二章

    A woman who has recently passed the half-century mark reflects on her life and relationships in the course of several unexpected events involving her and her 24-year-old son. The story that spans from June until… … Details

  • No Nest Egg to Retire On
    Miu Kakiya

    No Nest Egg to Retire On 老後の資金がありません

    As the Japanese population continues to age at an unprecedented rate—by 2025, one in five Japanese will be over 75, and one in three over 65—this novel portrays the ups and downs of one three-generation… … Details

  • Next to Apartment 3 Is 5
    Yu Nagashima

    Next to Apartment 3 Is 5 三の隣は五号室

    The place is the Daiichi Fujioka apartment house, located in an unremarkable residential neighborhood on the western outskirts of Yokohama. More specifically, it is Apartment 5, the middle unit on the second floor. The story… … Details

  • Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks
    Sanae Hoshio

    Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks 活版印刷三日月堂 星たちの栞

    Four linked tales centering on an old-fashioned letterpress print shop called Mikazuki-dō tell the stories of customers who find solace for their personal difficulties in the print jobs they come in to request. It is… … Details

  • Judgement
    Yuka Kobayashi

    Judgement ジャッジメント

    The maximum penalty under Japanese law is death. As in other countries with the death penalty, there are those who argue for its abolishment, but numerous surveys have shown that they are greatly outnumbered by… … Details

  • Big Data Connect
    Taiyō Fujii

    Big Data Connect ビッグデータ・コネクト

    Cybercrimes that take advantage of the global connectivity provided by computers, smartphones, and the Internet are on the rise. Focusing on an investigator in a specialized cybercrime unit, this suspense novel is a new kind… … Details

  • Awful Voice
    Shinji Ishii

    This ambitious work of literary fiction uses the motifs of voice and music as well as such natural imagery as moss, water, mushroom spores, and towering trees to trace the history of the earth. The… … Details

  • Jakuchū
    Tōko Sawada

    Jakuchū 若冲

    Japanese painter Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) is known for his wondrously meticulous brushwork in pieces that blend realism with imagination. Although he was largely forgotten for a time, a major retrospective mounted in the year 2000… … Details

  • Spirit Odyssey via Brazil
    Kikuko Tsumura

    Spirit Odyssey via Brazil 浮遊霊ブラジル

    The opening work in this collection of seven stories, Kyūsuitō to kame (The Water Tower and the Turtle), was awarded the Kawabata Yasunari Prize for the year’s best short story in 2013. In the title… … Details