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Recommended books (38)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Japan. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.


Samurai! by Saburo Sakai, Martin Caidin, Fred Saito EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Saburo Sakai is Japan's greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his powerful memoir has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring books ever written on the Pacific war. First published in English in 1957, it gave Americans new perspectives on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, had been perceived in the United States as mere caricatures. Today, the books remains a valuable eyewitness account of some of the most famous battles in history and a moving, personal story of a courageous naval aviator. A living legend, Sakai engaged in more than two hundred dog... continue
Recommended: 21 Oct 2022


Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada EN

Rating: 4.2     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Recommended: 13 Oct 2022


Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 3.5     47 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
An unrequited love for a woman devoted to Kerouac and the writer's life leads a man on a quest to uncover the mysteries of love and human longing after the woman disappears without a trace during her odyssey from parochial Japan through Europe to a Greek island, leaving behind only computer accounts of bizarre events and stories within stories. 30,000 first printing.
Recommended: 25 Apr 2021


Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
A coming of age story, right after death. L to R (Western Style). Two short novels, including the title story and Black Fairy Tale, plus a bonus short story. Summer is a simple story of a nine-year-old girl who dies while on summer vacation. While her youthful killers try to hide the her body, she tells us the story—from the POV of her dead body—of the boys' attempt to get away murder. Black Fairy Tale is classic J-horror: a young girl loses an eye in an accident, but receives a transplant. Now she can see again, but what she sees out of her new left eye is the experiences and memories of its ... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

Sweet Bean Paste

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Recommended: 20 Nov 2022


The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji EN

Rating: 4.1     8 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
"Ayatsuji's brilliant and richly atmospheric puzzle will appeal to fans of golden age whodunits... Every word counts, leading up to a jaw-dropping but logical reveal" — Publishers Weekly A hugely enjoyable, page-turning murder mystery sure to appeal to fans of Elly Griffiths, Anthony Horowitz, and Agatha Christie, with one of the best and most-satisfying conclusions you'll ever read. A classic in Japan, available in English for the first time. From The New York Times Book Review: "Read Yukito Ayatsuji’s landmark mystery, The Decagon House Murders, and discover a real depth of feeling beneath t... continue
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022


The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa EN

Rating: 4     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family. He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold mem... continue
Recommended: 16 Apr 2022


The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
In a near-future when the old live almost-forever and the young are swept away by strange new ailments, an elderly man fights to keep his beloved great-grandson alive.
Recommended: 13 Oct 2022

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo EN

Rating: 3.5     3278 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
A #1 New York Times BestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of 2014 in Crafts, Home & GardenThis #1 New York Times bestselling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Recommended: 23 Dec 2022

The Memory Police

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa EN

Rating: 3.6     31 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020, an enthralling Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance from one of Japan's greatest writers. 'Beautiful... Haunting' Sunday Times 'A dreamlike story of dystopia' Jia Tolentino __________ Hat, ribbon, bird rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she... continue
Recommended: 01 Jan 2022

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