Books set in Japan (112)


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47 Ronin by John Allyn EN

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Japan's most celebrated tale of honor, loyalty, and revenge—and the basis for the 2013 Hollywood feature film, starring Keanu Reeves—47 Ronin is the epic tale of a heroic band of Samurai warriors who defied the Japanese Emperor and avenged the honor of their fallen master. The story begins in 1701 when the noble Lord Asano attacks an official at court in a fit of anger. His punishment is swift and harsh; the Emperor orders Lord Asano to commit ritual suicide (harakiri). His lands are confiscated, his family is exiled, and his Samurai warriors are ordered to disband—becoming Ronin or masterless... continue

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A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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First pub. 1964. Author's most dramatic work, won him the prestigious Shincho Literary Prize. In the novel the narrator tells how he responds to the birth and problems posed by his handicapped child. Recipient of the 1994 Nobel prize.

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A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Haruki Murakami's third novel, A Wild Sheep Chase is the mystery hybrid which completes the odyssey begun in Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. The man was leading an aimless life, time passing, one big blank. His girlfriend has perfectly formed ears, ears with the power to bewitch, marvels of creation. The man receives a letter from a friend, enclosing a seemingly innocent photograph of sheep, and a request: place the photograph somewhere it will be seen. Then, one September afternoon, the phone rings, and the adventure begins. Welcome to the wild sheep chase. 'Mr. Murakami's style and ima... continue

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All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami EN

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FINALIST for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction A BEST BOOK OF 2022 Oprah Daily・TIME Magazine・Washington Post・Publishers Weekly・Lit Hub Bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami invites readers back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates yet again why she is one of today's most uncategorizable, insightful, and talented novelists. Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copy editor in her mid-thirties. Working and living alone in a city where it is not easy to form new relationships, she has little regular contac... continue

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Amintirea palidă a munţilor by Kazuo Ishiguro RO

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
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Romanul "Amintirea palida a muntilor", nominalizat la Booker Prize, a primit The Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, acordat de Royal Society of Literature. "Amintirea palida a muntilor" este povestea melancolica a lui Etsuko, o japoneza care traieste singura in Anglia, straduindu-se sa exorcizeze un trecut bintuit de cosmarul celui de-al Doilea Razboi Mondial si sa se impace cu sinuciderea fiicei sale mai mari, Keiko. Amintirile sale se concentreaza insa asupra unei legaturi de amicitie din tinerete cu o alta tinara, Sachiko, si cu ciudata ei fiica, Mariko. Povestea centrala ... continue

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi EN

Rating: 4 (60 votes)
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*NOW AN LA TIMES BESTSELLER* *OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD* *AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER* If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long... continue

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold : Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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Summary: 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 experience: the chance to travel back in time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café's time-travelling offer, in order to confront the lover who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has begun to fade, see their sister one last time, and meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does ... continue

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Before We Say Goodbye by Toshikazu Kawaguchi EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s poignant Before we say goodbye, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, explores the age-old question: what would you do if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time? The regulars at the magical Cafe Funiculi Funicula are well acquainted with its famous legend and extraordinary, secret menu time travel offering. Many patrons have reunited with old flames, made amends with estranged family, and visited loved ones. But the journey is not without risks and there are rules to follow. Travellers must ... continue

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Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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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 for its dazzling views of Hakodate port. But that's not all. Like the charming Tokyo cafe Funiculi Funicula, Cafe Donna Donna offers its customers the extraordinary experience of travelling through time.From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold and Tales from the Cafe comes another story of four new customers, each of whom is hoping to take advantag... continue

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Botchan by Soseki Natsume EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
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Publisher description: The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city, with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges; and the result is a chain of collisions large and small.