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World Fiction - Japan -

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 29 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi
    Diary of a Void - by Emi Yagi

    £9.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781529114812 | ISBN 10: 1529114810

    A hilarious, feminist debut novel from a new star of Japanese fiction.   'One of the most intriguing new novels of the summer.' Independent   For the sake of women everywhere, Ms Shibata is going to pull off the mother of all deceptions...   ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Premonition by Banana Yoshimoto
    The Premonition - by Banana Yoshimoto

    £12.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9780571382309 | ISBN 10: 0571382304

    From the beloved, bestselling author of Kitchen, comes a deeply haunting, heartwarming exploration of loneliness and painful memories set in Japan.   ‘Polished, concise, emotionally rewarding.’ Daily Mail ‘Reading Banana Yoshimoto is li ... more

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  • Cover image of book Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
    Before Your Memory Fades - by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

    £9.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781035032402 | ISBN 10: 1035032406

    The third novel in the international bestselling Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, following four new customers in a cafe where customers can travel back in time.  On the hillside of Mount Hakodate in northern Japan, Cafe Donna Donna is fabled ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Snow Ghost and Other Tales: Classic Japanese Ghost Stories by Various authors
    The Snow Ghost and Other Tales: Classic Japanese Ghost Stories - by Various authors

    £14.99   hardback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781784878726 | ISBN 10: 1784878723

    Enter the haunted world of Ancient Japan in this spine-tingling collection of ghostly tales told and retold across the centuries.  From Goblin infested caves and haunted Tombs, to vengeful spirits and strange, sinister happenings, Ancient Jap ... more

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  • Cover image of book Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa
    Days at the Morisaki Bookshop - by Satoshi Yagisawa

    £10.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781786583239 | ISBN 10: 1786583232

    Hidden in Jimbocho, Tokyo is a booklover's paradise. On a quiet corner in an old wooden building lies a shop filled with hundreds of second-hand books.   Twenty-five-year-old Takako has never liked reading, although the Morisaki bookshop ha ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai
    The Cat Who Saved Books - by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai

    £8.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781529081480 | ISBN 10: 1529081483

    Grandpa used to say it all the time: books have tremendous power. But what is that power really?  Natsuki Books was a tiny second-hand bookshop on the edge of town. Inside, towering shelves reached the ceiling, every one crammed full of wonderful ... more

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  • Cover image of book Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
    Heaven - by Mieko Kawakami

    £9.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781509898251 | ISBN 10: 1509898255

    From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami, comes a sharp and illuminating novel about a fourteen-year-old boy subjected to relentless bullying.   In Heaven, a fourteen-year old boy is torm ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda
    Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight - by Riku Onda

    £8.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781913394592 | ISBN 10: 191339459x

    Translated by Alison Watts  From the author of The Aosawa Murders, one of the NYT Notable Books of 2020. The WSJ commented: “Part psychological thriller, part murder mystery—it is audacious in conception and brilliant in execution.” T ... more

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  • Cover image of book Watersong by Clarissa Goenawan
    Watersong - by Clarissa Goenawan

    £12.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781914484117 | ISBN 10: 1914484118

    'Watersong transports the reader to worlds both familiar and unknown. Clarissa Goenawan’s crisp narration and vivid characters made this novel feel like a lingering dream. This is an intriguing and soul-stirring story about how we reconcile with ou ... more

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  • Cover image of book Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
    Breasts and Eggs - by Mieko Kawakami

    £9.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781529074413 | ISBN 10: 152907441x

    On a hot summer's day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko's teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to Tokyo in searc ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita
    The Forest of Wool and Steel - by Natsu Miyashita

    £8.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781784162986 | ISBN 10: 1784162981

    OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD.  What he experienced that day wasn't life-changing...It was life-making.  Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the fores ... more

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  • Cover image of book Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
    Earthlings - by Sayaka Murata

    £8.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781783785698 | ISBN 10: 1783785691

    Natsuki isn't like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet.  Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of othe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Things Remembered and Things Forgotten by Kyoko Nakajima
    Things Remembered and Things Forgotten - by Kyoko Nakajima

    £9.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781908745965 | ISBN 10: 1908745967

    'If we want to understand what has been lost to time, there is no way other than through the exercise of imagination... imagination applied with delicate rather than broad strokes'.  So wrote the award winning Japanese author Kyoko Nakajima of h ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Cat and The City by Nick Bradley
    The Cat and The City - by Nick Bradley

    £8.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781786499912 | ISBN 10: 1786499916

    In Tokyo - one of the world's largest megacities - a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.  ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tales from the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
    Tales from the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold - by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

    £9.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781529050868 | ISBN 10: 1529050863

    In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time...   From the author ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ms Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami
    Ms Ice Sandwich - by Mieko Kawakami

    £7.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781782276722 | ISBN 10: 1782276726

    A young boy returns obsessively to a supermarket sandwich counter, entranced by the beauty of the woman who works there. Her aloof demeanour and electric blue eyelids make him feel the most intense joy he's ever known. He calls her Ms Ice Sandwich, a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
    Strange Weather In Tokyo - by Hiromi Kawakami

    £8.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781783785797 | ISBN 10: 1783785799

    Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, 'Sensei', in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton
    Where The Wild Ladies Are - by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton

    £9.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781911284383 | ISBN 10: 191128438x

    Winner of an English PEN Award Named a ‘new book you need to read in 2020‘ by i-D Named a ‘best book of the year so far‘ by Tatler  Witty, inventive, and profound, Where the Wild Ladies Are is a contemporary feminist retelling of tr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    Pachinko - by Min Jin Lee

    £8.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781838930509 | ISBN 10: 1838930507

    Yeongdo, Korea 1911.   In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza ... more

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  • Cover image of book Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
    Before the Coffee Gets Cold - by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781529029581 | ISBN 10: 1529029589

    What would you change if you could go back in time?  In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experienc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
    Convenience Store Woman - by Sayaka Murata

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781846276842 | ISBN 10: 1846276845

    Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, dai ... more

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  • Cover image of book If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland
    If Cats Disappeared From The World - by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781509889174 | ISBN 10: 1509889175

    Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
    Kitchen - by Banana Yoshimoto

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780571342723 | ISBN 10: 0571342728

    Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan's brightest young literary star and is now a cult film.  When Kitchen ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa
    Sweet Bean Paste - by Durian Sukegawa

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781786071958 | ISBN 10: 1786071959

    ‘I’m in story heaven with this book.’ Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You  A charming tale of friendship, love and loneliness in contemporary Japan.   Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón
    Blue Light Yokohama - by Nicolás Obregón

    £7.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781405926898 | ISBN 10: 1405926899

    Inspired by a blistering real-life murder, Blue Light Yokohama's Inspector Iwata is perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole.  THE MURDERER'S IN YOUR HOUSE... A family of four are found murdered in their own home. A painted black sun is left dr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
    Moshi Moshi - by Banana Yoshimoto

    £14.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781640090156 | ISBN 10: 1640090150

    In Moshi Moshi, Yoshie’s much-loved musician father has died in a suicide pact with an unknown woman. It is only when Yoshie and her mother move to Shimo-kitazawa, a traditional Tokyo neighborhood of narrow streets, quirky shops, and friendly resid ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
    Sputnik Sweetheart - by Haruki Murakami

    £8.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780099448471 | ISBN 10: 0099448475

    Twenty-two-year-old Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamourous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel ... more

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  • Cover image of book Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
    Asleep - by Banana Yoshimoto

    £8.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780571205370 | ISBN 10: 0571205372

    Banana Yoshimoto has a magical ability to animate the lives of her young characters, and here she spins the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep.   One, mourning a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Anoth ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - by Haruki Murakami

    £9.99   paperback   (1999) - ISBN 13: 9780099448792 | ISBN 10: 0099448793

    Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving.  As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy subur ... more

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