730 results for Category: Literature
  • Richard’s Diary

    Richard’s Diary リチャードの日記

    This is a sequel to author Tomomi’s picture book for grown-ups, Richādo no yubiwa (A Ring from Richard). Several days after Richard succumbs to his illness, Millie goes into his study and finds a diary… … Details

  • A Ring from Richard

    A Ring from Richard リチャードの指輪

    On a scenic hill overlooking a small town stands a tree not yet very tall. Richard and Millie meet under it, fall in love, and get married. On their wedding day, Richard asks Millie to… … Details

  • Hutch & Marlow
    Nanae Aoyama

    Hutch & Marlow ハッチとマーロウ

    The story of a single mother and her twin daughters set in Hotaka, a town in the alpine prefecture of Nagano in central Japan. Author Nanae Aoyama has described it as an homage to Enid… … Details

  • A Fool’s Poison
    Makoto Usami

    A Fool’s Poison 愚者の毒

    The story begins in the summer of 2015, at a luxurious eldercare facility overlooking the Pacific in Shimoda, a resort town on the tip of a peninsula southwest of Tokyo. Resident Yōko Nanba, 65, moved… … Details

  • Welcome Rain
    Yūko Yuzuki

    The convicted perpetrator of a crime 16 years ago is still serving his sentence when a virtually identical crime occurs, and the detectives who ignored potentially absolving testimony wonder if they sent an innocent man… … Details

  • Friend Guilt
    Gaku Yakumaru

    In a 1997 incident that shocked the entire country, a 14-year-old boy in Kobe murdered two elementary school children, gruesomely decapitating the second and placing his head at the gate of the victim’s school, then… … Details

  • Master Leach
    Maha Harada

    Master Leach リーチ先生

    This is a novel inspired by the life of British potter Bernard Howell Leach (1887–1979), who lived and worked in Japan for about a decade early in his career. Leach was born in Hong Kong,… … Details

  • The Cat Who Came to the Rescue of Books
    Sōsuke Natsukawa

    The Cat Who Came to the Rescue of Books 本を守ろうとする猫の話

    The story probes the significance and value that books have in life as it traces the adventures of a somewhat introverted teenage boy and a cat in their efforts to rescue books from unfortunate fates.… … Details

  • The Opponent, Miyamoto Musashi
    Masaki Kinoshita

    The Opponent, Miyamoto Musashi 敵の名は、宮本武蔵

    Miyamoto Musashi (d. 1645) was one of the most storied swordsmen of the Edo period (1603–1867); his Gorin no sho (The Book of Five Rings), a discussion of martial arts and military strategy, has even… … Details

  • Lovers by Mail
    Areno Inoue

    Lovers by Mail 綴られる愛人

    A suspenseful love story in which a man and woman who know each other only through letters grow increasingly infatuated with each other, then end up colluding to commit a crime. The story is told… … Details

  • The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers
    Teru Miyamoto

    The Quiet Covenant of the Flowers 草花たちの静かな誓い

    Kikue Alcott, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Japanese descent, dies of a sudden heart attack on April 14, 2013, while bathing in a hot spring during a visit to Japan. Her American husband Ian… … Details

  • Ieyasu Raises a City
    Yoshinobu Kadoi

    Ieyasu Raises a City 家康、江戸を建てる

    This historical novel tells the story of how Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) built the city of Edo—today’s Tokyo—as the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate. Through it, his heirs maintained a “Pax Tokugawa” over a… … Details

  • A Collection of Crime Stories
    Shūichi Yoshida

    Five short crime stories probe the depths of human avarice, revealing the unpredictability and fragility of life with the same acute sensibilities author Shūichi Yoshida brought to such best-selling works as Akunin (tr. Villain) and… … Details

  • Child of the Stars
    Natsuko Imamura

    This story of a girl who grows up in a family that finds comfort in a new religion centers mainly on events when she is a ninth grader, with flashbacks taking the reader to her… … Details

  • The Waxing and Waning of the Moon
    Shōgo Satō

    The story of a love cut short by death—but that then persists over multiple reincarnations. The event that sets everything in motion is an illicit love affair that takes place in the mid-1980s between Ruri… … Details

  • Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone
    Chisako Wakatake

    Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone おらおらでひとりいぐも

    Universal and eternal truths about human existence emerge in bold relief from the reflections of an elderly widow on what at first glance appears to be an unexceptional life. The Japanese title, which can be… … Details

  • Back of Shadow
    Shinsuke Numata

    Taking place partly in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this story focuses on characters who feel marginalized in their communities in today’s Japan. Remarkably, first-time author Shinsuke Numata accomplishes the acrobatic feat… … Details

  • Model Village, Taichung
    Ian Hideo Levy

    This is a collection of four stories by American-born author Ian Hideo Levy, who now makes his home in Japan and writes fiction in Japanese. The title work is a thrilling and captivating account of… … Details

  • Tracks in the Ice
    Shino Sakuragi

    An elderly man’s body is discovered on a beach in the eastern Hokkaido port city of Kushiro, and the investigation begins with few useful clues to go on. The tale proceeds from there in the… … Details

  • Proofreader Girl
    Ayako Miyagi

    Proofreader Girl 校閲ガール

    A volume of linked stories featuring a young woman who works in the Proofreading Department at a major publishing house. Our heroine is the 24-year-old Etsuko Kōno. It is now two years since she joined… … Details