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Recommended memoir books (3)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. If you are into memoir here are some memoir books from Japan for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge.


Geisha : A Life by Mineko Iwasaki EN

Rating: 3.5     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022


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


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional' A compelling mediation on the power of running and a fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer. A perfect reading companion for any meditative new year runners. In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log and reminiscence, this revealing memo... continue

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