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We love Japanese fiction. You love Japanese fiction. Let’s look at some Japanese fiction! 

For your delectation, we bring you an updated list of recommended novels and short stories translated from the Japanese—from big-name bestsellers to classics, crime and thrillers. Plus scroll down for a selection of books about Japan and Japanese culture, and a few books coming soon to get excited about…

(And we've included some non-fiction from and about Japan, for good measure!)

 

New & Recommended

All The Lovers In The Night
(Paperback)
Mieko Kawakami; Sam Bett; David Boyd
 
From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami comes a deeply moving story about a woman searching for meaning in contemporary Tokyo.
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Beautiful Star
(Paperback)
Yukio Mishima; Stephen Dodd
 
'Interplanetary, quite extraordinary... awash with dark humour and scenes of intense beauty' The Financial Times 'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers...
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First Person Singular: mind-bending...
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel
 
A brilliant new collection of short stories from the unique mind of the internationallly bestselling author of Men Without Women and Killing Commendatore. In these eight stories, Haruki Murakami explores the...
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The Japanese Myths: A Guide to Gods,...
(Hardback)
Joshua Frydman
 
The perfect introduction to the world of Japanese myth and legend. This is a smart and succinct guide to the rich tradition of Japanese mythology, from the...
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Fiction

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Heaven
(Paperback)
Mieko Kawakami; Sam Bett; David Boyd
£8.99
Woman Running in the Mountains
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima; Geraldine Harcourt
£14.99
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
(Paperback)
Natsuko Imamura; Lucy North
£8.99
Life for Sale
(Paperback)
Yukio Mishima; Stephen Dodd
£10.99
Lonely Castle in the Mirror
(Paperback)
Mizuki Tsujimura; Philip Gabriel
£12.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori;
£8.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£8.99
No Longer Human
(Paperback)
Dazai, Osamu; Dazai, Csamu ...
£10.99
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
(Paperback)
Toshikazu Kawaguchi; Geoffrey...
£9.99
The Cat Who Saved Books
(Hardback)
Sosuke Natsukawa; Louise Heal Kawai;...
£7.99
Terminal Boredom: Stories
(Paperback)
Izumi Suzuki
£10.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Secret Rendezvous
(Paperback)
Kobo Abe; Juliet Winters Carpenter
£9.99
Astral Season, Beastly Season
(Paperback)
Tahi Saihate
£9.99
The Goddess Chronicle
(Paperback)
Natsuo Kirino; Rebecca Copeland
£9.99
People From My Neighbourhood
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Ted Goossen
£7.99
How Do You Live?
(Hardback)
Genzaburo Yoshino
£14.99
Tokyo Ueno Station
(Paperback)
Yu Miri
£9.99
The Forest of Wool and Steel: Winner...
(Paperback)
Natsu Miyashita; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Murder in the Age of Enlightenment:...
(Paperback)
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
£12.00
Toddler Hunting and Other Stories
(Paperback)
Taeko Kono; Sayaka Murata
£8.99
I am a Cat
(Paperback)
Soseki Natsume; Aiko Ito; Aiko Ito
£16.99
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£8.99
The Samurai
(Paperback)
Shusaku Endo
£9.99
Japanese Ghost Stories
(Paperback)
Lafcadio Hearn; Paul Murray
£9.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Paperback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£10.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse
(Paperback)
Geoffrey Bownas; Anthony Thwaite;...
£10.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£8.99
The Memory Police
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£9.99
Things Remembered and Things Forgotten
(Paperback)
Ginny Takemori; Ian MacDonald; Kyoko...
£9.99
Amrita
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£9.99
The Silent Cry
(Paperback)
Kenzaburo Oe; John Bester; John Bester
£8.99
Where The Wild Ladies Are
(Paperback)
Aoko Matsuda
£9.99
In The Miso Soup
(Paperback)
Ryu Murakami; Ralph F. McCarthy
£9.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles: The...
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Masks
(Paperback)
Fumiko Enchi
£7.99
Sweet Bean Paste: The International...
(Paperback)
Durian Sukegawa; Alison Watts
£8.99
Ms Ice Sandwich
(Paperback)
Mieko Kawakami
£7.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£8.99
The End of the Moment We Had
(Paperback)
Toshiki Okada; Samuel Malissa
£7.99
The Bear and the Paving Stone
(Paperback)
Toshiyuki Horie; Geraint Howells
£7.99
Spring Garden
(Paperback)
Tomoka Shibasaki; Polly Barton
£8.99
Slow Boat
(Paperback)
Hideo Furukawa; David Boyd
£7.99
Heaven
(Paperback)
Mieko Kawakami; Sam Bett; David Boyd
£8.99
Woman Running in the Mountains
(Paperback)
Yuko Tsushima; Geraldine Harcourt
£14.99
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
(Paperback)
Natsuko Imamura; Lucy North
£8.99
Life for Sale
(Paperback)
Yukio Mishima; Stephen Dodd
£10.99
Lonely Castle in the Mirror
(Paperback)
Mizuki Tsujimura; Philip Gabriel
£12.99
Convenience Store Woman
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori;
£8.99
Strange Weather in Tokyo
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£8.99
No Longer Human
(Paperback)
Dazai, Osamu; Dazai, Csamu ...
£10.99
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
(Paperback)
Toshikazu Kawaguchi; Geoffrey...
£9.99
The Cat Who Saved Books
(Hardback)
Sosuke Natsukawa; Louise Heal Kawai;...
£7.99
Terminal Boredom: Stories
(Paperback)
Izumi Suzuki
£10.99
The Last Children of Tokyo
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada; Margaret Mitsutani
£9.99
Secret Rendezvous
(Paperback)
Kobo Abe; Juliet Winters Carpenter
£9.99
Astral Season, Beastly Season
(Paperback)
Tahi Saihate
£9.99
The Goddess Chronicle
(Paperback)
Natsuo Kirino; Rebecca Copeland
£9.99
People From My Neighbourhood
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Ted Goossen
£7.99
How Do You Live?
(Hardback)
Genzaburo Yoshino
£14.99
Tokyo Ueno Station
(Paperback)
Yu Miri
£9.99
The Forest of Wool and Steel: Winner...
(Paperback)
Natsu Miyashita; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Murder in the Age of Enlightenment:...
(Paperback)
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
£12.00
Toddler Hunting and Other Stories
(Paperback)
Taeko Kono; Sayaka Murata
£8.99
I am a Cat
(Paperback)
Soseki Natsume; Aiko Ito; Aiko Ito
£16.99
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Allison Markin Powell
£8.99
The Samurai
(Paperback)
Shusaku Endo
£9.99
Japanese Ghost Stories
(Paperback)
Lafcadio Hearn; Paul Murray
£9.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short...
(Paperback)
Jay Rubin; Haruki Murakami
£10.99
The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse
(Paperback)
Geoffrey Bownas; Anthony Thwaite;...
£10.99
The Guest Cat
(Paperback)
Takashi Hiraide; Eric Selland
£8.99
The Memory Police
(Paperback)
Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder
£9.99
Things Remembered and Things Forgotten
(Paperback)
Ginny Takemori; Ian MacDonald; Kyoko...
£9.99
Amrita
(Paperback)
Banana Yoshimoto
£9.99
The Silent Cry
(Paperback)
Kenzaburo Oe; John Bester; John Bester
£8.99
Where The Wild Ladies Are
(Paperback)
Aoko Matsuda
£9.99
In The Miso Soup
(Paperback)
Ryu Murakami; Ralph F. McCarthy
£9.99
The Travelling Cat Chronicles: The...
(Paperback)
Hiro Arikawa; Philip Gabriel
£8.99
Masks
(Paperback)
Fumiko Enchi
£7.99
Sweet Bean Paste: The International...
(Paperback)
Durian Sukegawa; Alison Watts
£8.99
Ms Ice Sandwich
(Paperback)
Mieko Kawakami
£7.99
Record of a Night Too Brief
(Paperback)
Hiromi Kawakami; Lucy North
£8.99
The End of the Moment We Had
(Paperback)
Toshiki Okada; Samuel Malissa
£7.99
The Bear and the Paving Stone
(Paperback)
Toshiyuki Horie; Geraint Howells
£7.99
Spring Garden
(Paperback)
Tomoka Shibasaki; Polly Barton
£8.99
Slow Boat
(Paperback)
Hideo Furukawa; David Boyd
£7.99
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Vintage...
(Paperback)
Haruki Murakami
£10.99
The Makioka Sisters (Vintage Classics...
(Paperback)
Junichiro Tanizaki
£10.99
Out (Vintage Classics Japanese...
(Paperback)
Natsuo Kirino
£10.99

Crime & Thrillers

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Lady Joker
(Hardback)
Kaoru Takamura; Allison Markin ...
£14.99
Three Assassins: A propulsive new...
(Hardback)
Kotaro Isaka; Sam Malissa
£14.99
The Village of Eight Graves
(Paperback)
Seishi Yokomizo
£8.99
The Lady Killer
(Paperback)
Masako Togawa; Unknown
£7.99
The Decagon House Murders
(Paperback)
Yukito Ayatsuji; Ho-Ling Wong
£8.99
The Master Key
(Paperback)
Masako Togawa; Simon Grove
£8.99
Audition
(Paperback)
Ryu Murakami
£9.99
Murder in the Crooked House
(Paperback)
Soji Shimada
£9.99
The Devotion Of Suspect X: A ...
(Paperback)
Keigo Higashino
£8.99
Six Four: the bestselling Japanese...
(Paperback)
Hideo Yokoyama; Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
£10.99
A Quiet Place
(Paperback)
Seicho Matsumoto
£8.99
Lady Joker
(Hardback)
Kaoru Takamura; Allison Markin ...
£14.99
Three Assassins: A propulsive new...
(Hardback)
Kotaro Isaka; Sam Malissa
£14.99
The Village of Eight Graves
(Paperback)
Seishi Yokomizo
£8.99
The Lady Killer
(Paperback)
Masako Togawa; Unknown
£7.99
The Decagon House Murders
(Paperback)
Yukito Ayatsuji; Ho-Ling Wong
£8.99
The Master Key
(Paperback)
Masako Togawa; Simon Grove
£8.99
Audition
(Paperback)
Ryu Murakami
£9.99
Murder in the Crooked House
(Paperback)
Soji Shimada
£9.99
The Devotion Of Suspect X: A ...
(Paperback)
Keigo Higashino
£8.99
Six Four: the bestselling Japanese...
(Paperback)
Hideo Yokoyama; Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
£10.99
A Quiet Place
(Paperback)
Seicho Matsumoto
£8.99

Coming Soon

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Life Ceremony
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata
£12.99
Scattered All Over the Earth
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada
£12.99
Diary of a Void: A hilarious, ...
(Paperback)
Emi Yagi; Lucy North; David Boyd
£12.99
Before Your Memory Fades
(Hardback)
Toshikazu Kawaguchi
£12.99
Tokyo Express
(Paperback)
Seicho Matsumoto; Jesse Kirkwood
£12.99
Death on Gokumon Island
(Paperback)
Seishi Yokomizo
£8.99
The Tattoo Murder
(Paperback)
Akimitsu Takagi; Deborah Boehm
£8.99
Dead-end Memories
(Hardback)
Banana Yoshimoto; Asa Yoneda
£19.99
Life Ceremony
(Paperback)
Sayaka Murata
£12.99
Scattered All Over the Earth
(Paperback)
Yoko Tawada
£12.99
Diary of a Void: A hilarious, ...
(Paperback)
Emi Yagi; Lucy North; David Boyd
£12.99
Before Your Memory Fades
(Hardback)
Toshikazu Kawaguchi
£12.99
Tokyo Express
(Paperback)
Seicho Matsumoto; Jesse Kirkwood
£12.99
Death on Gokumon Island
(Paperback)
Seishi Yokomizo
£8.99
The Tattoo Murder
(Paperback)
Akimitsu Takagi; Deborah Boehm
£8.99
Dead-end Memories
(Hardback)
Banana Yoshimoto; Asa Yoneda
£19.99

Non-Fiction

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Another Kyoto
(Paperback)
Alex Kerr; Kathy Arlyn Sokol
£9.99
Japan: The Passenger
(Paperback)
Europa Editions
£18.99
The Beauty of Everyday Things
(Paperback)
Soetsu Yanagi; Michael Brase
£9.99
The Only Gaijin in the Village
(Paperback)
Iain Maloney
£9.99
Japan Story: In Search of a Nation,...
(Paperback)
Christopher Harding
£10.99
Three Japanese Buddhist Monks
(Paperback)
Saigyo; Kamo no Chomei; Yoshida Kenko
£5.99
Essays in Idleness: and Hojoki
(Paperback)
Meredith McKinney; Kenko; Chomei
£9.99
As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams:...
(Paperback)
Sarashina; Ivan Morris
£10.99
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life...
(Paperback)
Richard Lloyd Parry
£9.99
Kimono
(Paperback)
Liza Dalby
£10.99
The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives
(Paperback)
Christopher Harding
£12.99
Another Kyoto
(Paperback)
Alex Kerr; Kathy Arlyn Sokol
£9.99
Japan: The Passenger
(Paperback)
Europa Editions
£18.99
The Beauty of Everyday Things
(Paperback)
Soetsu Yanagi; Michael Brase
£9.99
The Only Gaijin in the Village
(Paperback)
Iain Maloney
£9.99
Japan Story: In Search of a Nation,...
(Paperback)
Christopher Harding
£10.99
Three Japanese Buddhist Monks
(Paperback)
Saigyo; Kamo no Chomei; Yoshida Kenko
£5.99
Essays in Idleness: and Hojoki
(Paperback)
Meredith McKinney; Kenko; Chomei
£9.99
As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams:...
(Paperback)
Sarashina; Ivan Morris
£10.99
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life...
(Paperback)
Richard Lloyd Parry
£9.99
Kimono
(Paperback)
Liza Dalby
£10.99
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