Literature

729 results for Category: Literature
  • A Record of Travel to the Land of Amanon
    Yumiko Kurahashi

    This wildly fantastic novel about sex, religion, and revolution in the ultimate female-dominated society won the Izumi Kyoka Prize in 1987. From a world overrun by a religious sect known as the Monokami ("One God")… … Details

  • Manazuru
    Hiromi Kawakami

    Manazuru 真鶴

    Man and woman, sex, love and death . . . As German literary scholar Osamu Ikeuchi wrote in the January 2007 edition of Shincho, these "timeless themes are dealt with in just proportion in this… … Details

  • The Budding Tree: Six Stories of Love in Edo
    Aiko Kitahara

    This Naoki Prize-winning work paints a deeply sentimental picture of the loves and lives of working women during the Edo period (1603?1867). In the latter half of the Edo period, the warrior caste was finding… … Details

  • Embracing Family
    Nobuo Kojima

    Embracing Family 抱擁家族

    This portrait of postwar Japanese society as symbolically captured in the life of one family won the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize in 1965. Shunsuke Miwa is a university lecturer and translator who lives with his wife… … Details

  • Abraxas Festival
    Sokyū Genyū

    Abraxas Festival アブラクサスの祭

    This is an engrossing story that realistically depicts a Buddhist monk's struggles with depression. In Japanese fiction, Buddhist monks are often portrayed as emerging triumphant over spiritual turmoil, but that is not the case in… … Details

  • Flowers in Limbo
    Sokyū Genyū

    Flowers in Limbo 中陰の花

    Chuin (roughly translated here as "limbo") is a Buddhist term referring to the 49 days after a person's death, during which the soul has yet to depart for its next existence?in short, the threshold between this… … Details

  • School of Freedom
    Bunroku Shishi

    School of Freedom 自由学校

    Freedom is a great thing, but it comes at a cost: this contemporary theme is explored in this novel set in 1950s Tokyo. The story unfolds among the lives of ordinary people, from the former… … Details

  • Night of the Milky Way Railway and Other Stories
    Kenji Miyazawa

    This collection of timeless children's classics by Japan's most beloved modern-age writer features Ginga tetsudo no yoru (tr. Night of the Milky Way Railway), Miyazawa's most celebrated work. It is a story about Giovanni, a schoolboy, and his… … Details

  • Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems
    Kenji Miyazawa

    Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems 詩集 雨ニモマケズ

    This collection of classic poems celebrates the whole of creation. Kenji Miyazawa is increasingly viewed as Japan's greatest poet of the 20th century. In his poems, which are both lyrical and permeated with a sophisticated… … Details

  • Shame in the Blood
    Tetsuo Miura

    The semiautobiographical title story of this collection is considered one of the finest love stories in all of modern Japanese literature. Shinobugawa tells the charming tale of the narrator, known only as "I," a student at… … Details

  • The Temple of the Wild Geese / Bamboo Dolls of Echizen
    Tsutomu Mizukami

    These two novellas are representative works by one of Japan's most aesthetically aware authors, one whose lyrical writings on human fate and tragedy have won him numerous awards. The Temple of the Wild Geese tells… … Details

  • All She Was Worth
    Miyuki Miyabe

    This mystery portrays the horrors and pitfalls of a cashless society.?Written by one of the most popular female mystery authors in Japan today, the book became a sensation among fans of the genre as soon… … Details

  • The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P
    Rieko Matsuura

    The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P 親指Pの修業時代

    This novel about a woman whose big toe turns into a penis caused a media sensation when it was published in 1993. Winner of the Women's Literature Prize, it is an extremely intelligent work that… … Details

  • Bedtime Eyes
    Amy Yamada

    Bedtime Eyes ベッドタイムアイズ

    This riveting romance about a Japanese woman's relationship with an African-American soldier won the Bungei Prize in 1985. Amy Yamada burst onto the literary scene with this novel, which attracted much public attention for its audacious… … Details

  • Beyond the Blossoming Fields
    Jun'ichi Watanabe

    This is a biographical novel about Ginko Ogino, Japan's first female doctor. Ogino was born to a wealthy farming family in 1851, a time when Japanese society was still severely male-dominated. She married into an equally… … Details

  • The Glass Slipper and Other Stories
    Shotaro Yasuoka

    The Glass Slipper and Other Stories ガラスの靴、ほか

    This is a collection of short stories by Shotaro Yasuoka, a leading figure in the world of postwar Japanese literature. The title story, The Glass Slipper, has earned high praise from the writer Haruki Murakami. In… … Details

  • Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas
    Kazuki Sakuraba

    Spanning half a century from 1953, this novel follows the lives of three generations of women in a venerable family residing in the hills near the Sea of Japan. The Akakuchiba family traces its roots… … Details

  • Joker Game
    Koji Yanagi

    Joker Game ジョーカー・ゲーム

    A fictitious spy-training organization established within the Japanese army on the eve of World War II is the centerpiece of this set of linked short stories. The D Agency comes into being in autumn 1937… … Details

  • A Seagull’s Day
    So Kurokawa

    A Seagull’s Day かもめの日

    "It is I, Seagull!"?This novel opens with the famous call sign repeated by Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, while orbiting the Earth in 1963. From there the narrative skips… … Details

  • A Dog's Body
    Rieko Matsuura

    Here's a novel that hinges on the outrageous idea of a woman turning to a dog outside, while staying human inside. Thirty-year-old Fusae, an editor of a regional city ad paper, adores dogs so much… … Details