689 results for Category: Literature
  • The Dismembered Ghost
    Azami Saidō

    The Dismembered Ghost サナキの森

    Narrator Kō Ibaraba, 27, lives in Morioka, a prefectural capital in northeastern Honshū. Upon completing her degree at an art college, she took a job teaching art in middle school, but after two years decided… … Details

  • Nile Perch Women’s Club
    Asako Yuzuki

    Nile Perch Women’s Club ナイルパーチの女子会

    Eriko Shimura is an attractive 30-year-old career woman who graduated from a top-ranked university and went to work for the largest trading firm in Japan, where her father was once a high-level executive. An only… … Details

  • The Long Excuse
    Miwa Nishikawa

    The Long Excuse 永い言い訳

    The story traces the life of a best-selling author during the year after he loses his wife to a tragic accident. The sudden bitter loss weighs heavily on him, prompting a period of deep reflection… … Details

  • Cooking Lessons for Love
    Megumi Fujino

    Cooking Lessons for Love 初恋料理教室

    On a quiet lane in Kyoto stands an old-fashioned townhouse where, each Saturday afternoon, Aiko Koishihara, once the grand matron of a well-known merchant house, conducts a traditional Kyoto cuisine cooking class “for men only.”… … Details

  • The Have-Nots
    Hitomi Kanehara

    The Have-Nots 持たざる者

    The main action of this novel by Hitomi Kanehara follows events in the lives of four men and women in their thirties as they grapple, each in his or her own way, with senses of… … Details

  • Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    Kōtaro Isaka

    Eine kleine Nachtmusik アイネクライネナハトムジーク

    Characters who play a supporting role in one tale become central figures in another in this collection of six short stories. Linked across a span of some 20 years, they center on connections and missed… … Details

  • Amazing Insects
    Munetoshi Maruyama

    Amazing Insects 昆虫はすごい

    With over a million species identified to date, insects are said to make up more than two-thirds of all living creatures on earth. Though more often than not they are regarded as a lowly form… … Details

  • Anime Supremacy
    Mizuki Tsujimura

    Anime Supremacy ハケンアニメ!

    The fast-paced, highly competitive world of anime production for television, a field in which Japan has long been a leading force, is unveiled in this first-rate entertainment by author Mizuki Tsujimura. Anime series are typically… … Details

  • So Long!
    Kanako Nishi

    So Long! サラバ!

    A man who was born in Iran and spent some of his formative years in Egypt looks back on his life from the age of 37. Much of his focus rests on his relationship with… … Details

  • Million Dollar Man
    Genki Kawamura

    A man wins the lottery, making him an overnight millionaire, and over the next few weeks grapples with the question of whether money can buy happiness. Kazuo is in his late thirties. A librarian during… … Details

  • Insect Woman
    Areno Inoue

    The spirit of a woman who has died hovers about the vicinity seeking to learn the cause of her death in this thought-provoking novel by Areno Inoue. At a prime residential location in central Tokyo… … Details

  • The Demon’s Footfalls
    Shūsuke Michio

    In this collection of six short stories, each highly distinctive in conception, author Shūsuke Michio probes the psychological mechanisms by which a person who is slightly unhinged steps across the line into utter madness. Crows… … Details

  • Forgotten Items for Delivery
    Kozue Ōsaki

    Forgotten Items for Delivery 忘れ物が届きます

    In this collection of five short mysteries, Nobara no niwa e (To the Garden of Wild Roses) takes place at a luxurious villa in the old capital of Kamakura, south of Tokyo. Shihoko Toyama, heiress… … Details

  • Running Water
    Hiromi Kawakami

    The story takes place in Tokyo in 2013 and reflects back on the unusual relationship of the narrator Miyako, 55, with her brother Ryō, 54. Nearly 20 years have gone by since the two unmarried… … Details

  • A Prayer Nine Years Ago
    Masatsugu Ono

    A Prayer Nine Years Ago 九年前の祈り

    This volume contains three short stories in addition to the title novella, which was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. As with all of Ono’s previous works, the tales are set in a small depopulating fishing… … Details

  • The Invisible Chameleon
    Shūsuke Michio

    The Invisible Chameleon 透明カメレオン

    Kyōtarō Kirihata, 34, has a face made for radio and difficulty talking with women. Thanks to a distinctive voice and a gift for patter that are also perfect for radio, he has in fact become… … Details

  • Born in “AIDStown”: The Story of a 16-Year-Old Mother
    Kenji Gotō

    Born in “AIDStown”: The Story of a 16-Year-Old Mother エイズの村に生まれて―命をつなぐ16歳の母・ナターシャ

    According to a United Nations report, the number of people infected with the AIDS virus has been increasing rapidly in the newly independent republics of the former Soviet Union. Among the countries affected is the… … Details

  • Loose Ends at the Kitanozaka Detective Agency: Not Enough Psychological Description
    Yutaka Kōno

    Loose Ends at the Kitanozaka Detective Agency: Not Enough Psychological Description つれづれ、北野坂探偵舎 心理描写が足りてない

    A novelist and a former editor play detective to solve mysteries in which ghosts play a role. Novelist Tsuzuku Amasaka is not a prolific writer, but he has a base of extremely loyal fans who… … Details

  • A Maze of Sea and Moon
    Arimasa Ōsawa

    A Maze of Sea and Moon 海と月の迷路

    The story takes place on Hajima, a tiny island in Nagasaki Prefecture that once served as the base for an undersea coal mine, until those operations closed in 1974. While the island is now deserted,… … Details

  • The Deer King
    Nahoko Uehashi

    The Deer King 鹿の王

    On the western edge of the kingdom of Zol, black wolf fever sweeps through a salt mine, wiping out the slave laborers and their overseers. The virulent and incurable virus, which has lain dormant for… … Details