Literature

703 results for Category: Literature
  • 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

  • Akio Toyoda’s Favorite Test Driver
    Ren Inaizumi

    Akio Toyoda’s Favorite Test Driver 豊田章男が愛したテストドライバー

    This book traces the teacher-pupil relationship that developed between Hiromu Naruse, a test driver for the Toyota Motor Company, who spent many years on the front lines of new car development for the automaker, and… … Details

  • Romancier
    Maha Harada

    Romancier ロマンシエ

    Twenty-something Michinosuke Onmyōji is the son of a famous politician. As a child, he was a girlish boy who loved to draw, and as he came of age he realized that he had a romantic… … Details

  • The Mukōda Barber Shop
    Hideo Okuda

    The story takes place in fictitious Tomazawa, a town that once grew to a population of 80,000 in the middle of a flourishing coal-mining district in Hokkaido. Since the advent of cheap oil, the town… … Details

  • Like a Momentary Ray between the Clouds
    Mami Sunada

    Like a Momentary Ray between the Clouds 一瞬の雲の切れ間に

    This is a collection of five stories linked by the death of a young boy in a traffic accident. In Summer: Chieko’s Story, the eponymous Chieko, 28, is working as a temp at a publishing… … Details

  • The Red Letter Project
    Misumi Kubo

    This provocative novel looks into the near future of Japan, boldly imagining how society might change if the country’s declining births, rising percentage of people who do not marry, and growing number of “herbivore men”… … Details

  • Dwindling World
    Sayaka Murata

    Dwindling World 消滅世界

    This is a mind-bending thought-experiment novel portraying a parallel-world Japan where artificial insemination techniques, pioneered during World War II to compensate for so many men being away at the battlefront, have advanced to the point… … Details