Literature

696 results for Category: Literature
  • No Nest Egg to Retire On
    Miu Kakiya

    No Nest Egg to Retire On 老後の資金がありません

    As the Japanese population continues to age at an unprecedented rate—by 2025, one in five Japanese will be over 75, and one in three over 65—this novel portrays the ups and downs of one three-generation… … Details

  • Next to Apartment 3 Is 5
    Yu Nagashima

    Next to Apartment 3 Is 5 三の隣は五号室

    The place is the Daiichi Fujioka apartment house, located in an unremarkable residential neighborhood on the western outskirts of Yokohama. More specifically, it is Apartment 5, the middle unit on the second floor. The story… … Details

  • Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks
    Sanae Hoshio

    Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks 活版印刷三日月堂 星たちの栞

    Four linked tales centering on an old-fashioned letterpress print shop called Mikazuki-dō tell the stories of customers who find solace for their personal difficulties in the print jobs they come in to request. It is… … Details

  • Judgement
    Yuka Kobayashi

    Judgement ジャッジメント

    The maximum penalty under Japanese law is death. As in other countries with the death penalty, there are those who argue for its abolishment, but numerous surveys have shown that they are greatly outnumbered by… … Details

  • Big Data Connect
    Taiyō Fujii

    Big Data Connect ビッグデータ・コネクト

    Cybercrimes that take advantage of the global connectivity provided by computers, smartphones, and the Internet are on the rise. Focusing on an investigator in a specialized cybercrime unit, this suspense novel is a new kind… … Details

  • Awful Voice
    Shinji Ishii

    This ambitious work of literary fiction uses the motifs of voice and music as well as such natural imagery as moss, water, mushroom spores, and towering trees to trace the history of the earth. The… … Details

  • Jakuchū
    Tōko Sawada

    Jakuchū 若冲

    Japanese painter Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) is known for his wondrously meticulous brushwork in pieces that blend realism with imagination. Although he was largely forgotten for a time, a major retrospective mounted in the year 2000… … Details

  • Spirit Odyssey via Brazil
    Kikuko Tsumura

    Spirit Odyssey via Brazil 浮遊霊ブラジル

    The opening work in this collection of seven stories, Kyūsuitō to kame (The Water Tower and the Turtle), was awarded the Kawabata Yasunari Prize for the year’s best short story in 2013. In the title… … Details

  • The Light Shines Only There
    Yasushi Satō

    The Light Shines Only There そこのみにて光輝く

    This is the only full-length novel produced by author Yasushi Satō, who took his own life in 1990 at the age of 41, and whose work began undergoing a broad reevaluation nearly two decades later… … Details

  • And Your Bird Can Sing
    Yasushi Satō

    And Your Bird Can Sing きみの鳥はうたえる

    Shortlisted for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize when it was first published, this work has returned to the limelight nearly 20 years after author Yasushi Satō’s death and is now slated to be made into a… … Details

  • Stars
    Shino Sakuragi

    Stars 星々たち

    From nine tales that portray the varied lives of a swath of people living on the northern island of Hokkaido?a bargirl, a woman who takes in piecework, a strip dancer, a middle-aged civil servant, a… … Details

  • Missing.com: Tokyo Laundering
    Hika Harada

    Missing.com: Tokyo Laundering 失踪.com 東京ロンダリング

    This is a sequel to Tōkyō rondaringu (Tokyo Laundering), author Hika Harada’s 2011 novel that won acclaim for its compelling treatment of how real-estate agents “launder” properties tainted by unnatural deaths or other stigmatizing incidents.… … Details

  • Tokyo Laundering
    Hika Harada

    Tokyo Laundering 東京ロンダリング

    Protagonist Risako Uchida, 32, rents a room in an aging wood-frame apartment house in Tokyo, and the story begins with someone pounding relentlessly on her door at 1:30 in the middle of the night. It’s… … Details

  • i
    Kanako Nishi

    i i

    The i of the title represents both the imaginary unit in math (i2 = ?1) and the English first-person pronoun I. It is also a homophone for?ai, the Japanese word for “love,” as well as… … Details

  • The Kept Parrot
    Noboru Tsujihara

    The Kept Parrot 籠の鸚鵡

    A top-notch tale of suspense reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, or of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan. Author Noboru Tsujihara is known for his meticulously detailed descriptions and the incomparable lyricism of his prose. The… … Details

  • The Slow Man: Actor Takuji Kameoka
    Akito Inui

    The Slow Man: Actor Takuji Kameoka のろい男 俳優・亀岡拓次

    This is a second volume of stories featuring Takuji Kameoka, a Japanese actor who, in spite of specializing in minor supporting roles, emerges as an irresistibly lovable, larger-than-life figure. The character first introduced at the… … Details

  • Actor Takuji Kameoka
    Akito Inui

    Actor Takuji Kameoka 俳優・亀岡拓次

    The hero of the seven stories included in this volume is Takuji Kameoka, a 37-year-old actor, who, in spite of the relatively minor supporting roles he plays, emerges as an irresistibly lovable, larger-than-life figure. The… … Details

  • Mama Killed Him
    Areno Inoue

    Mama Killed Him ママがやった

    Why did Momoko, 79, kill her husband Takuto, 72, after a marriage of more than 50 years? Eight linked stories reflect on a half century in the life of their family as readers ponder the… … Details

  • Savage Homes: Parents Who Kill Their Children
    Kōta Ishii

    Savage Homes: Parents Who Kill Their Children 「鬼畜」の家:わが子を殺す親たち

    This book throws light on the social ill of child abuse through a close examination of three cases of murder that rocked the Japanese media between 2007 and 2014. The basic details of each case… … Details

  • It’s the Uncontrollables That Make Us You and Me
    Ryō Asai

    It’s the Uncontrollables That Make Us You and Me ままならないから私とあなた

    The first of the two novellas in this volume, Rentaru sekai (Rent-a-World), is narrated by 28-year-old office worker Yūta, who attends a colleague’s wedding and falls in love at first sight with one of the… … Details