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103 popular japanese books
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.

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
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“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘quest... continue
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A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe EN

Rating: 2     1 Vote
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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 River in Darkness : One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa EN

Rating: 5     3 Votes
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Previously published in Japan in 2000. Translated from Japanese by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown. First published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2017.

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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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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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An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro EN

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A Japanese artist looks back on his life in this celebrated and prize-winning novel.
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi EN

Rating: 4     47 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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Botchan by Soseki Natsume EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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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.

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Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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'Breathtaking' – Haruki Murakami author of Norwegian Wood A beguiling novel about three women struggling to determine their own lives in contemporary Tokyo. A New York Times 'Notable Book of the Year' and one of Elena Ferrante's 'Top 40 Books by Female Authors' 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 search of breast enhancement surgery. She's accompanied by Midoriko, who has recently stopped... continue

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Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
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A dark, satirical thriller by the bestselling Japanese author, following the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins--soon to be a major film from Sony Nanao, nicknamed Lady Bird--the self-proclaimed "unluckiest assassin in the world"--boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with one simple task: grab a suitcase and get off at the next stop. Unbeknownst to him, the deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon are also after the very same suitcase--and they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Satoshi, "the Prince," with the looks of an innocent schoolboy and the mind of a viciou... continue


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