Fiction

622 results for Category: Fiction
  • 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

  • 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

  • Convenience Store Woman
    Sayaka Murata

    Convenience Store Woman コンビニ人間

    Narrator Keiko Furukura is 36 and unmarried; in fact, she has never even had a boyfriend. She has been working as a convenience store clerk since 1998, when she first left home to go to… … Details

  • Hope Apartments
    Miyuki Miyabe

    This is the fourth title in best-selling author Miyuki Miyabe’s amateur sleuth series featuring the narrator Saburō Sugimura, who gave up his job at a publisher of children’s books to work on the company newsletter… … Details

  • Overwriting Myself
    Fuminori Nakamura

    A thriller that cleverly interweaves criminal mischief and a tale of revenge to probe the role that memory plays in supporting a person’s sense of self. The protagonist is Ryōdai Kozuka, who has penned an… … Details

  • The Playground of the Gods
    Natsu Miyashita

    The Playground of the Gods 神さまたちの遊ぶ庭

    This book is an account of the year author Natsu Miyashita and her family spent living in the remote mountain village of Tomuraushi in Hokkaido. It was this yearlong sojourn surrounded by incomparable natural beauty… … Details

  • Harmonium
    Kōji Fukada

    Harmonium 淵に立つ

    In his literary debut, director Kōji Fukada has personally novelized the film that took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The story is set at a… … Details

  • The Trace
    Shaw Kuzki (Shō Kutsuki)

    The Trace 八月の光・あとかた

    On August 6, 1945, 70,000 residents of Hiroshima lost their lives instantaneously beneath the white-hot flash of an atomic bomb, redefining reality for all in the city. How did the survivors overcome the many challenges… … Details

  • Revolution Eve
    Shinobu Suga

    Revolution Eve 革命前夜

    The Berlin Wall that had restricted travel between East and West Berlin since 1961 was taken down on November 9, 1989, leading shortly thereafter to the demise of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), the… … Details

  • Age
    Shinji Ishii

    Age よはひ

    The volume contains 27 stories linked loosely by a shared theme: the imprint of age. Switching points of view adroitly from that of a small child to the elderly and various ages in between and… … Details

  • A Forest of Wool and Steel
    Natsu Miyashita

    Filled with precise and richly sensuous detail about both piano playing and tuning, this novel portrays the psychological coming of age of a young man who has decided to pursue a career as a piano… … Details

  • Downtown Rocket 2: The Gaudi Project
    Jun Ikeido

    Downtown Rocket 2: The Gaudi Project 下町ロケット2 ガウディ計画

    This is a sequel to Jun Ikeido’s Naoki Prize-winning business novel Shitamachi roketto (Downtown Rocket), centering on a small precision machinery manufacturing company run by Kōhei Tsukuda in the old merchant-class district of Tokyo. In… … Details

  • The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps
    Keigo Higashino

    An author better known for his best-selling detective stories tones down the suspense and mystery to bring readers a thought-provoking novel about the dividing line between life and death. The story centers on a family… … Details

  • Unable to Speak Their Names
    Akari Itō

    Unable to Speak Their Names 名前も呼べない

    The two medium-length works of literary fiction in this volume center on women who are the product of broken homes in childhood. The title work, which was awarded the Dazai Osamu Prize, stands out for… … Details

  • The Empty Grave
    Gō Ōsaka

    The Empty Grave 墓標なき街

    Ending a gap of 13 years, this seventh installment in author Gō Ōsaka’s hardboiled suspense series once again features the killer known as “The Shrike.” The notorious fiend’s MO is to stab his victims with… … Details

  • New Karma
    Kō Shinjō

    New Karma ニューカルマ

    A novel portraying the challenges young people face in the Japanese labor market today, with action centering largely on multi-level marketing companies. Yūki Takeda is five years out of college, working in the Sales Support… … Details