Literature

689 results for Category: Literature
  • Tokyo Year Zero
    Jirō Akagawa

    Tokyo Year Zero 東京零年

    This dystopian, near-future novel, reminiscent in some ways of George Orwell’s?1984, poses numerous questions about the direction in which Japan’s current political regime is taking the country. At the center of the action is Shigeharu… … Details

  • The Sun Also Falls into a Faint
    Yūzaburō Otokawa

    The Sun Also Falls into a Faint 太陽は気を失う

    Based on the Chinese sexagenary cycle, Japanese custom has long considered a person’s 60th year to be a special one, marking the completion of one full life cycle and the gateway to one’s retirement years.… … Details

  • The Eccentric Family
    Tomihiko Morimi

    The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

    Set in modern-day Kyoto, this comic novel centers on the rivalry between two clans of tanuki raccoon dogs, which in Japanese folklore are endowed with the ability to transform themselves into anything they wish. The… … Details

  • Floating
    Tetsuo Takashima

    Floating 浮遊

    A tale of suspense based on the famous “brain in a vat” scenario used in thought experiments in philosophy. As formulated by American philosopher Hilary Putnam, the basic scenario is of a disembodied human brain… … Details

  • Armed with Skillets
    Nowaki Fukamidori

    Armed with Skillets 戦場のコックたち

    In the latter stages of the fight against Nazi Germany during World War II, a young American soldier joins forces with a buddy to solve several puzzling mysteries that crop up between the ferociously fought… … Details

  • Into the Logos
    Yūzaburō Otokawa

    Into the Logos ロゴスの市

    Translating a literary work requires a precise grasp of not only the language and style of the original but its entire worldview, along with a command of the target language that allows the translator to… … Details

  • A Steak in Shitamachi
    Yōko Hiramatsu / Jirō Taniguchi

    A Steak in Shitamachi ステーキを下町で

    Following Sandouitchi wa Ginza de (Sandwiches on the Ginza), this is a second collection of food-and-culture essays that first appeared in the literary magazine All yomimono. As in the earlier volume, author Yōko Hiramatsu travels… … Details

  • Sandwiches on the Ginza
    Yōko Hiramatsu / Jirō Taniguchi

    Sandwiches on the Ginza サンドウィッチは銀座で

    Author Yōko Hiramatsu is known for her essays on the culture of food and dining. Here she writes about her travels not only around Tokyo but all over Japan, taking readers along with her to… … Details

  • The Barbershop by the Sea
    Hiroshi Ogiwara

    The Barbershop by the Sea 海の見える理髪店

    A collection of six stories linked by the common theme of family bonds?the strong and unbreakable ties between father and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife. The title story is set in a barbershop… … Details

  • Held Accountable
    Shun Ioka

    A character of unregenerate evil who has always managed to avoid accountability for his crimes finally gets his comeuppance in this perfect exemplar of the crime thriller. Two distantly related boys who originally meet as… … Details

  • Land King
    Jun Ikeido

    Kohaze-ya is a long-established maker of tabi socks in the city of Gyōda, a northern suburb of Tokyo. Suitable for wearing with zori, geta, and other thonged footwear used with traditional Japanese clothing, tabi?are split… … Details

  • Body Parts
    Asa Nonami

    In this collection of five non-supernatural horror stories, respectively titled “Navel,” “Bloodstream,” “Cowlick,” “Butt,” and “Chin,” author Asa Nonami expertly choreographs a slow but sure devolution from normal to abnormal as fixations on the eponymous… … Details

  • Staph
    Shūsuke Michio

    Staph スタフ

    A non-stop suspense thriller in which an ordinary woman becomes entangled in events that could shake the entertainment industry with scandal, forcing her to navigate one difficult situation after another, and leading both her and… … Details

  • Fiction King
    Kazumasa Hayami

    Fiction King 小説王

    Shuntarō is a literary editor for a major publishing house. His childhood friend Toyotaka is a novelist who made a spectacular debut while still in college but has had no notable successes since. They promised… … Details

  • Her Again
    Atsushi Matsuhisa

    Her Again もういっかい彼女

    Keita Tomiya, 29, is a freelance writer commissioned by a magazine to write a story on Jun Sasada, 66, a writer of erotic fiction who was highly active two to three decades ago but has… … Details

  • Too Much of Nothing
    Kyoichi Katayama

    Too Much of Nothing なにもないことが多すぎる

    Set in a regional city, the story centers on an average high-school boy, the first-person narrator, who plays guitar in a four-member band and is almost obsessively focused on figuring out how to express himself… … Details

  • Poison Daughter, Holy Mother
    Kanae Minato

    Poison Daughter, Holy Mother ポイズンドーター・ホーリーマザー

    A collection of six mysteries involving incidents of murder, injurious assault, and such by a writer regarded as the originator and queen of the genre known as iyamisu in Japan?literally, “eww mysteries.” The term refers… … Details

  • Utopia
    Kanae Minato

    Utopia ユートピア

    The lives of three women in Hanasaki, a fictitious small town on the Pacific coast of Japan, are traced for a little over a year in this insightful novel. The town is home to the… … Details

  • News of Lupin
    Hideo Yokoyama

    News of Lupin ルパンの消息

    With barely 24 hours left before the statute of limitations will expire, the police receive an anonymous tip claiming that a death ruled a suicide 15 years ago was actually a murder. Maiko Mine’s body… … Details

  • Room Sharing
    Hideyuki Katō

    Room Sharing シェア

    The volume contains two novellas portraying millennials making lives for themselves in contemporary Tokyo. In the title story Mi, a young Vietnamese woman on government-supported overseas study in Japan, and a Japanese woman named Miwa… … Details