2013 results
  • Hiroshima no Pika
    Toshi Maruki

    Hiroshima no Pika ひろしまのピカ

    On a clear summer morning, the seven rivers of Hiroshima flow tranquilly through the city and people board the streetcars slowly plying the main avenues. A young girl, Mii, happily wolfs down a meal of… … Details

  • The Spider Lily Is the Fox’s Hairpin
    Shaw Kuzki (Shō Kutsuki)

    The Spider Lily Is the Fox’s Hairpin 彼岸花はきつねのかんざし

    It's spring, and a small dog frolics in a lotus field. But how could this be??Japan is in the midst of war, and even pets have been requisitioned by the government. In this jarring way,… … Details

  • The Hair Ornament of August
    Masamoto Nasu

    The Hair Ornament of August 八月の髪かざり

    Hisae, who has returned from Tokyo to her hometown of Hiroshima, is an elderly woman who enjoys her solitary life making stuffed dolls, which she hands out to children as presents, earning her the nickname… … Details

  • The Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima in Pictures
    Masamoto Nasu / Shigeo Nishimura

    The Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima in Pictures 絵で読む 広島の原爆

    Massive in size and scope, this picture book is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Author Masamoto Nasu is himself a victim of the bombing. A Hiroshima native, he was… … Details

  • A Little More
    Miyoko Matsutani / Osamu Tsukasa

    A Little More まちんと

    On the morning of August 6, 1945, a young girl in Hiroshima is happily eating a tomato when the atomic bomb explodes. Injured, she longs for just another taste of the rare treat, crying machinto,… … Details

  • When I Was a Child
    Arata Osada / Chihiro Iwasaki

    When I Was a Child わたしがちいさかったときに

    This is a selection of some 30 accounts from Children of the A-Bomb and From Under the Atomic Cloud, compilations of essays and poetry by young survivors of the atomic bomb that were first published… … Details

  • Tomorrow, Under Fair Skies: Our Chernobyl
    Shoko Nakazawa

    Tomorrow, Under Fair Skies: Our Chernobyl あしたは晴れた空の下で ぼくたちのチェルノブイリ

    Originally published in 1988, this book has been reprinted because of its tragic relevance to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. One can sense the pain and frustration of the author in the words she has penned… … Details

  • The Little House
    Kyōko Nakajima

    The Little House 小さいおうち

    A little house with a red gabled roof on a suburban Tokyo hilltop is the setting of this novel, which unfolds in the period from the early 1930s to Japan's defeat in World War II.… … Details

  • Heron and Snow
    Kaoru Kitamura

    This is the third in the "Becky-san" series starring the detective duo Eiko Hanamura, a company president's daughter attending the elite Gakushuin Girls' School, and her female chauffeur, Bekku, known as Becky. The three stories… … Details

  • The Mourner
    Arata Tendō

    The Mourner 悼む人

    This novel traces six months in the life of 32-year-old Shizuto Sakatsuki, who wanders Japan mourning the deaths of accident and crime victims he runs across in newspapers and other sources. Shizuto had been a… … Details

  • To the Mine Face
    Areno Inoue

    A mine face is the surface from which ore drilling takes place?in other words the end of the tunnel, the point of greatest resistance. This novel portrays one year in the life of a married… … Details

  • Labor Train
    Kenta Nishimura

    Labor Train 苦役列車

    "I don't have any friends . . . I hope that readers will feel redeemed knowing there's someone out there even more pathetic than they are." So said the author about the title novella at… … Details

  • Downtown Rocket
    Jun Ikeido

    Downtown Rocket 下町ロケット

    Kohei Tsukuda heads Tsukuda Manufacturing, a developer of small engines in a corner of Tokyo. Although once a researcher of hydrogen rocket engines at the nationally sponsored Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, he had resigned over… … Details