730 results for Category: Literature
  • Losing It: Miho Shimao, the Wife in “The Sting of Death”
    Kumiko Kakehashi

    Losing It: Miho Shimao, the Wife in “The Sting of Death” 狂うひと:「死の棘」の妻・島尾ミホ

    The winner of three prestigious literary awards, the autobiographical novel Shi no toge (1977; tr. 1985 as The Sting of Death) by Toshio Shimao (1917–1986) portrays the turbulent lives of Shimao and his wife Miho… … Details

  • Ruikō’s Maze
    Kenji Takemoto

    Ruikō’s Maze 涙香迷宮

    This mystery novel revolves around a real-life figure, Ruikō Kuroiwa (1862–1920), a newspaper founder, journalist, and prolific translator and adaptor of numerous English and French novels. The protagonist is Tomohisa Makiba, an 18-year-old with an… … Details

  • The Honor and the Ecstasy
    Hisaki Matsuura

    A suspense thriller set in Shanghai during the period of Japanese expansion on the Asian continent in the late 1930s, prior to the commencement of all-out war. Author Hisaki Matsuura vividly captures the dynamism of… … Details

  • Wedding Island
    Yukiko Mari

    This is a deeply disturbing suspense story of unsolved serial murders and the sinister history behind a disappearing island. In 2006, three people are murdered in what comes to be known as the December 1… … Details

  • The Children in the Middle
    Yourou Wen

    The Children in the Middle 真ん中の子どもたち

    This is the story of a child of two worlds—Japanese and Taiwanese—and the identity crisis she faces as a young woman. Kotoko Amahara’s father is Japanese, her mother Taiwanese. Kotoko is born in Taipei and… … Details

  • The Web of the Spider Woman
    Natsuhiko Kyōgoku

    This is the fifth installment in author Natsuhiko Kyōgoku’s series of mystery novels and stories featuring master sleuth Akihiko Chūzenji, a.k.a. Kyōgokudō, who runs an antiquarian bookshop and is also an occultist. Beginning in 1994… … Details

  • Black Box
    Shiori Itō

    Black Box Black Box

    While she is studying in the United States, Shiori Itō, a young aspiring journalist, becomes acquainted with Noriyuki Yamaguchi, the chief of the Washington bureau of a Japanese broadcaster. Yamaguchi promises her a future job… … Details

  • The White Rabbit Incident
    Kōtaro Isaka

    The White Rabbit Incident ホワイトラビット

    Describing this novel as a suspenseful overnight hostage drama may conjure up images of an action-packed thriller like the Hollywood films Hostage, Die Hard, or The Negotiator, but author Kōtarō Isaka delivers his own unique… … Details

  • Midnight Journal
    Masato Honjō

    Midnight Journal ミッドナイト・ジャーナル

    This story of old-fashioned investigative journalism revolves around three reporters, two men and a woman, at a national newspaper. The three were once part of an elite team whose beat was the criminal investigations division… … Details

  • The Big Snow
    Yoshinaga Fujita

    The Big Snow 大雪物語

    It is winter and Japan is wrapped in a cold front. More than one meter of snow has accumulated in Karuizawa, a resort town north of Tokyo. The roads are covered and traffic has come… … Details

    Kiwamu Satō


    The premise is nothing if not gruesome in this horror-mystery, which starts off with a family of four psychotic killers who daily indulge in mass bloodshed. Narrator Aria Ichino, a 17-year-old high-school girl, is an… … Details

  • Fukushima 2011–2017
    Hiromi Tsuchida

    Fukushima 2011–2017 フクシマ 2011-2017

    On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake struck northeastern Japan, triggering an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, only 260 kilometers north of Tokyo, that was comparable to the Chernobyl disaster. Thousands of… … Details

  • Nom de Plume
    Arimasa Ōsawa

    Nom de Plume 覆面作家

    This is a collection of eight short stories written as first-person narratives. There are no police detectives or sleuths, no elaborate tricks. Each story is written as if author Arimasa Ōsawa has momentarily laid down… … Details

  • The Voice in the Crime
    Takeshi Shiota

    This suspense novel follows two characters—an unwitting accomplice in crime and a newspaper reporter—as they pursue an unsolved mystery modeled on a real-life incident that gripped Japan from 1984 into the following year. In that… … Details

  • Working the Earth
    Kaoru Takamura

    While firmly rooted in realism, this story of an elderly man who continues to work the family farm in his isolated mountain hamlet after the death of his wife evokes between its lines the aesthetic… … Details

  • They Saw the Comet: A Personal Exploration of Japan’s Hidden Christians
    Hiromi Hoshino

    They Saw the Comet: A Personal Exploration of Japan’s Hidden Christians みんな彗星を見ていた:私的キリシタン探訪記

    In 1549 Francis Xavier, a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic missionary and cofounder of the Society of Jesus, arrived in a Japan fragmented among many competing feudal lords and began spreading the Christian gospel. Over the… … Details

  • Terrorist on the Rooftop
    Mikito Chinen

    Terrorist on the Rooftop 屋上のテロリスト

    A fictitious Japan that was partitioned between east and west after World War II comes under internal attack by a beautiful young terrorist pursuing reunification 72 years later. On November 15, 2017, high-school senior Akito… … Details

  • A Heartless God Alights
    Izumi Shiga

    A Heartless God Alights 無情の神が舞い降りる

    This volume contains two stories set in Fukushima shortly after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s eastern seaboard on March 11, 2011. The title story begins two weeks after the quake in a… … Details

  • Cloud Girl
    Hitomi Kanehara

    Cloud Girl クラウドガール

    Two young sisters with sharply contrasting personalities take turns telling of their anchorless life in Tokyo following the death of their mother, who had received custody of them when she and their father divorced. Sixteen-year-old… … Details

  • Please Save Me
    Risa Wataya

    Please Save Me 私をくいとめて

    A woman who prefers to keep to herself begins a somewhat tentative relationship with a man but then finds herself unraveling. In spite of the serious subject matter, author Risa Wataya keeps the reader engaged… … Details