Literature

676 results for Category: Literature
  • The Strange Love of Fitter X
    Asako Hiruta

    The Strange Love of Fitter X フィッターXの異常な愛情

    A highly diverting romantic comedy in eight parts, centered on an upscale lingerie boutique and the expert male fitter who knows better than his customers how the undergirding makes the woman. Satsuko Kunieda, 32, is… … Details

  • Sparks
    Naoki Matayoshi

    Sparks 火花

    Centering on two struggling comedians, this fictional work by a highly regarded performer examines the artist’s life and the nature of humor in a manner that is at once philosophical and entertaining. Narrator Tokunaga joined… … Details

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Yūshō Takiguchi

    Jimi Hendrix Experience ジミ・ヘンドリクス・エクスペリエンス

    A mid-length work in which 33-year-old Ippei remembers the events of an aimless road trip he made on a used 50 cc motorbike when he was a freshman in college. It was 14 years ago,… … Details

  • The Shrike Screams at Night
    Gō Ōsaka

    In this masterwork of hardboiled suspense, an exquisitely wrought plot keeps readers guessing all the way to the jaw-dropping reveal. A bomb goes off in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district, injuring 21 and killing two. One… … Details

  • The Y Tree
    Noboru Tsujihara

    The Y Tree Yの木

    This volume contains one mid-length and three short works of literary fiction. A well-rounded collection by a seasoned writer, it addresses a wide variety of themes from distinctive angles and with penetrating insights. The mid-length… … Details

  • Mist
    Shino Sakuragi

    Mist 霧 ウラル

    The story is set in the eastern Hokkaidō city of Nemuro, where the “Northern Territories”?the southernmost of the Kuril Islands, whose possession continues to be under dispute ever since they were occupied by the Soviet… … Details

  • The Twilight Mart
    Saki Murayama

    The Twilight Mart コンビニたそがれ堂

    This is the first volume in a tremendously popular series of linked stories that has grown to five volumes and counting. The tales are set in the fictional community of Kazahaya and center on a… … Details

  • Happiness in the Form of a Cat
    Rui Kodemari

    Happiness in the Form of a Cat 猫の形をした幸福

    Set against the constantly changing seasons of the American countryside, this story tells of the powerful bond that forms between a married couple and their beloved cat. It is based on author Rui Kodemari’s own… … Details

  • Where Sky and Ocean Meet
    Rui Kodemari

    Where Sky and Ocean Meet 空と海のであう場所

    Konoha Kakehashi, 32, is a freelance illustrator. One day she receives a request from the publisher of a forthcoming children’s story by Yūi Igarashi, alias “Arashi,” to provide illustrations for the volume. According to the… … Details

  • Metamorphosis
    Keisuke Hada

    Metamorphosis メタモルフォシス

    This volume’s two novellas feature sadomasochistic sex play in which the male partner is disciplined by a female “queen.” The name of the title work involves a clever bilingual wordplay. Metamorphosis refers to the process… … Details

  • Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies
    Kaori Ekuni

    Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies ヤモリ、カエル、シジミチョウ

    An unconventional novel about a married couple and their two children, told from multiple points of view?most prominently that of their five-year-old son, from whose not entirely juvenile perspective such themes as family, life and… … Details

  • Tokyo Imperial University Professor Eco
    Yoshinobu Kadoi

    A Japanese professor whose character is loosely inspired by Umberto Eco, the Italian semiotician, philosopher, and author of the best-selling The Name of the Rose, is the protagonist of this historical mystery set at the… … Details

  • Lone Wolf’s Issue
    Yūko Yuzuki

    This hardboiled thriller features a rogue detective who has no qualms about bending the law if it will help rein in the battling yakuza gangs of his city. The time is 1988, an era when… … Details

  • Soy! A Tale of the Magnificent Bean
    Shin Segawa

    Soy! A Tale of the Magnificent Bean SOY!大いなる豆の物語

    A novel in which a young man who lives on the outskirts of Tokyo and has no stable job traces his roots back over a hundred years and gains a new perspective on his life… … Details

  • Stars or Beasts
    Tahi Saihate

    Stars or Beasts 星か獣になる季節

    This volume by a poet making her first foray into fiction contains two novellas linked through shared characters and events. The title refers to a line said to be from an English textbook, which describes… … Details

  • One Horn!
    Kyōko Nakajima

    One Horn! かたづの!

    Set in the final years of Japan’s turbulent Sengoku period (c. 1467?1603) and the first few decades of the Edo era (1603?1867), the story portrays the life of a minor feudal lord’s wife who steps… … Details

  • One in 1.3 Billion: The Man Who Won the Chinese Throne after the Greatest Power Struggle in the World
    Kenji Minemura

    One in 1.3 Billion: The Man Who Won the Chinese Throne after the Greatest Power Struggle in the World 十三億分の一の男 中国皇帝を巡る人類最大の権力闘争

    Based on his personal, on-the-ground reporting from Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere, author Kenji Minemura offers up a behind-the-scenes account of recent U.S.-China relations, as well as of the inside politics that… … Details

  • The Woman on Everybody's Lips
    Hideo Okuda

    In a depressed regional city where there are few decent jobs and old customs die hard, an enchantress wraps wealthy men around her little finger and ultimately rakes in their money. Although she is not… … Details

  • Diana the Book Clerk
    Asako Yuzuki

    Diana the Book Clerk 本屋さんのダイアナ

    With story elements and associations that have prompted its publisher to call it “a contemporary Anne of Green Gables,” this tale centers on Diana, eight years old at the outset and a lover of books… … Details

  • A Long Goodbye
    Kyōko Nakajima

    A Long Goodbye 長いお別れ

    After a career as a middle-school teacher and principal, the retired Shōhei Higashi begins showing signs of dementia in his seventies. Eight linked stories trace the challenges he, his wife, and their three daughters face… … Details