Much like the Themed Reading Lists that were going around a few weeks ago, there's a definite Japanese theme running through my recent book purchases. Except for the 2 from Europe, they're all pretty much either by Japanese or about Japan/Japanese.
From the top:
Hear the Wind Sing - Haruki Murakami
--This is Murakami's first, quite short, book that appears to only be available in English in this version, easy to come by in Japan but difficult elsewhere.
Farewell to Manzanar - Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
--An account of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. When looking up Picture Bride, see below, this came up on the also suggested list which reminded me that I put it on my wishlist ages ago.
Kinshu: Autumn Brocade - Teru Miyamoto
--Sometimes I like epistolary novels, other times not but this one's out in paperback now so I thought I'd give it a try.
As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in 11th-Century Japan - 'Lady Sarashina'
--Written in the same era as The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, which inspired this blog, I've been thinking of getting this one for awhile.
Suite Française - Irène Némirovsky
--I finally tried out The Book Depository (Thanks Danielle, I think I heard about it from you first!) by ordering this and the following.
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
--I love Waters' books and have been looking forward to this one but I was good and waited for the paperback (British edition of course!).
Zen Buddhism - D.T. Suzuki
--I love visiting Zen temples in Kyoto and I'd like to learn a bit about Buddhism, being as I'm currently clueless. And I'm reading this for the Banned Book Challenge!!
Green Tea to Go - Leza Lowitz
--It caught my eye at the book shop- short stories set in modern-day Japan. Fun title too!
Picture Bride - Yoshiko Uchida
--Heard about this recently from Robin on A Fondness for Reading and was intrigued.
Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne - Ben Hills
--It's actually had some bad reviews but there's supposedly been some attempts to suppress this biography of the wife of the Crown Prince. That of course instantly made me want it!