Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Japanese Literature Challenge 5

Hosted by Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza.

June 1, 2011 - January 30, 2012.

"Read at least one work of Japanese origin.
If you want to read more than one, wonderful. If one is all you can manage, wonderful. Once you've read it, you may wish to post your review on the JLC5 review site."

Suggested Reading List

Books I have read and can recommend:

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Silence by Shisaku Endo
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Basho
The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki
The Temple of The Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë
Stained Glass Elegies: Stories by Shusaku Endo
Obasan by Kogawa
The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto
Glass Children and Other Essays by Daisaku Ikeda
In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki

Books on hand, with those completed highlighted or linked to reviews:

Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Translucent Tree by Nobuko Takagi
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Why She Left Us by by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata
The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima
Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima 
The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima
The Samurai by Shusaku Endo 
The Twilight Years by Sawako Ariyoshi
Japan, the Beautiful and Myself by Yasunari Kawabata
Strangers From a Different Shore by Ronald Takaki
The Strangeness of Beauty by Lydia Yuri Minatoya

Recommendations of good literary fiction in this or any other category are always welcomed.


  1. Enjoy the challenge. I'm also planning to do this, but only to read Murakami's 1q84. It's all I can fit in. :-)

  2. Great reading list-I will look forward to your posts

  3. I'm really excited about Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's new book Hiroshima in the Morning. The Hammer library has it on order; I hope it comes through fast!

  4. Looking forward to this as well - have a Ryu Murakami and want to read a couple of books by his namesake as well. Also, I need to read more Ishiguro and Ogawa, so......

    Fun times.

  5. Hi, you've got some really fantastic books in that list & will enjoy learning your opinion of them.



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