Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Japanese Literature Book Group: Previous Selections

Japanese Literature Book Group

For information about the group, including the current and upcoming selections, please refer to the Japanese Literature Book Group Page.

Previous selections

November 2009
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata
The Old Capital: Discussion post
Cultural Context, Places and Events

January 2010
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor: Discussion post

March 2010
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase: Discussion post

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance: Discussion post

Click on the book covers for more information.

June 2010
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Silence: Discussion post

July 2010
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Battle Royale: Discussion post

August 2010
Goodbye Tsugumi and/or Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Goodbye Tsugumi and Kitchen: Discussion post

September 2010
The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
The Sound of the Mountain: Discussion post

December 2010 (originally scheduled for November)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion: Discussion post

February 2011
In the Miso Soup and/or Audition by Ryu Murakami
In the Miso Soup and Audition: Discussion post

April 2011
The Silent Cry by Kenzaburō Ōe
The Silent Cry: Thoughts and Discussion

June 2011
The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
The Woman in the Dunes: Thoughts and Discussion

August 2011
Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
Thousand Cranes: Thoughts and Discussion

October/November 2011
Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki
Kokoro: Thoughts and Discussion

November/December 2011
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
1Q84: Discussion post

Japanese Literature Read-alongs

In addition to the main Japanese Literature Book Group, in 2010, we also chose a few longer books, which we thought could benefit from a closer look, and which we then read over a few months. For more details about each title, including links to all the relevant discussions, please visit the Japanese Literature Read-along sub-group page.

I Am a CatThe Wind-up Bird ChronicleThe Makioka SistersThe Pillow Book

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  1. I just found this site. Wonderful suggestions! I'm going to go find I AM A CAT (or maybe order it).

  2. Margaret - I'm glad you stopped by. I've enjoyed the first part of I Am a Cat and look forward to reading Volume Two soon. I hope you enjoy it too!

  3. What a great site, first time I visit here and very very glad that there are some sites dedicated to japanese related literature.
    I love them so much!

  4. WawaBear - Thanks. There's some great Japanese literature out there. And so much that I haven't read yet.

  5. I know I said before I wasn't interested in the other books but now that I'm reading Japanese lit (started because of the Japan Lit challenge 3 and then because of your site) I'm getting excited to read more. So thanks! I'll be around.

  6. Rebecca - I'm so glad you're starting to be interested in Japanese literature. There's certainly plenty to explore as I keep finding more that I want to read!

  7. For those of you interested in introducing your children to Japanese, a beautifully illustrated bilingual (Japanese/English) book just came out. It is entitled Rue de la Nuit by Misuzu Oyama. My company, PublishingWorks, Inc. owns the rights to it. I am very proud of this book. I hope that it encourages a dialog between parent and child about the beauty of Japanese culture.

  8. Riane - This sounds like a lovely book, thank you for the recommendation.

  9. Hi Nat :D

    I'll be participating with "DANCE DANCE DANCE" by Murakami.

    Hope all is fine with you,
    Have a great Valentine



  10. Sylvie - Yay, I'm glad you'll be joining us for Dance Dance Dance. I'm looking forward to reading some more Murakami.

  11. Tanabata, I've been reading A Wild Sheep Chase all day, and I can't tell you how much I love it. I love it! I'm really looking forward to the discussion on March 10th, followed by Dance, Dance, Dance. Although, without the commas. ;)

  12. Bellezza - I'm really enjoying A Wild Sheep Chase too, and look forward to chatting about both books with you.

  13. EEKS! I had put The Golden Pavilion in my calendar for December..! :-o Gotta hurry! :\

  14. Blogger just lost my comment. :( I'm glad I found your page. Haven't read much Japanese fiction in recent times. Last thing I read was Red Chrysanthemum. I'm a big fan of James Clavell. Glad I found you. I'll definitely be back!

  15. J.L. Campbell - I'm glad you found your way here too, and I look forward to chatting about Japanese fiction with you.


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