Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he
Japan s most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II In a Tokyo suburb a you
A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami s masterworks The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.At its center are two sisters Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and M
Banana Yoshimoto s novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, and Kitchen, the dazzling English language debut that is still her best loved book, is an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the li
A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St Louis Post Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage s best books of the year An instant 1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable stor
Alternate cover edition here Growing up in the suburbs of post war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father s record collection But when his family mo
A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid twentieth, as well as personal family life.
alternate cover can be found here Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior But whereas Miu is glamorous 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 Sumire spends hours on the phone ta
Hailed by The New Yorker as rich in understanding and insight, Kokoro the heart of things is the work of one of Japan s most popular authors This thought provoking trilogy of stories explores the very essence of loneliness and stands as a stirring introduction to modern Japanese literature.
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Tsukiko, thirty eight, works in an office and lives alone One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, Sensei in a local bar Tsukiko had only ever called him Sensei Teacher He is thirty years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower Their relationship, trac
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan s most celebrated geisha In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount where a girl s virginity is auct