Taichi Yamada; Wayne P. Lammers
TV scriptwriter Harada returns one night to the dilapidated downtown district of Tokyo where he grew up. There, at the theatre, he meets a likable man who looks exactly like...
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Yasutaka Tsutsui; David Karashima
One of Tsutsui's best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she...
Kenzaburo Oe; John Bester
Two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu, return from Tokyo to the village of their childhood. Selling their family home leads them to an inescapable confrontation with their family history.
An actress dies in shocking circumstances. She leaves behind an unconventional extended family of three who embark on a journey through grief and suffering, memories lost and gained, forbidden romance...
Deals with the friendship between a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls Sensei.
In a suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four girls drift through tedious summer school classes. Then Toshi's next-door neighbour is found brutally murdered and the girls suspect Worm, the...
Ryunosuke Akutagawa; Haruki Murakami;...
Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) is one of Japan's foremost stylists - a modernist master whose short stories are marked by highly original imagery, cynicism, beauty and wild humour. This work features...
Kobo Abe; Kaori Nagai
The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident - a man who has lost his face and, with it, connection to other people. Even his wife is...
Kanoko Okamoto; David Mitchell; J....
Obsession and desire swirl through these two novellas by Kanoko Okamato, as she describes Japanese society poised in a moment of peace before the world was torn apart by war.
Rin is flying back from her honeymoon. She's madly in love with her husband, Shin, and the future looks rosy. This title follows Rin's life backwards through time from this...
Yasunari Kawabata; Edward G....
Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he believes...
Ryu Murakami; Ralph McCarthy
It's just before New Year, and Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's nightlife. But, Frank's behaviour is so odd...
Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates...
"Top of the class" now has a whole new meaning ...
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki; Edward G....
Tells the story of four sisters, and the declining fortunes of a traditional Japanese family. This title presents a loving and nostalgic recreation of the sumptuous, intricate upper-class life of...
Sei Shonagon; Meredith McKinney
A translation of the idiosyncratic diary of a C10 court lady in Heian Japan. Along with the "Tale of Genji", it is one of the major Japanese classics.