It's hard to believe this blog is now 3 years old! I started it on January 31st, 2006 and I've never really looked back. The blog has seen some changes, in content, and especially in appearance, and I hope it will get even better in the future. And more than just being a place to record my thoughts on the books I read, being a part of the larger book blogging community has become an important part of my life. I feel like I've made some wonderful friends thanks to this blog. It is still a relatively small blog in terms of readership, compared with others, but I treasure all of my regular visitors (Thank you!! You know who you are!) and I am always thrilled when someone new stops by. So to celebrate my 3rd blog anniversary, and in keeping with the Japanese inspiration behind the blog, I'm having a Japanese-themed giveaway.
Here is what's up for grabs:
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami - One of Murakami's early books, a novella really, that he's never authorised to be officially published in English. This edition is only available in Japan (and sometimes on ebay and the like) as part of Kodansha English Library. It has a glossary in the back with key English words translated to Japanese and is used by Japanese students for studying English.
Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
A fictional account of the days, months and years after the bomb fell on Hiroshima and the long-lasting effect it had. Perhaps not a cheerful topic but a moving story. You can read my review, or Nymeth's wonderful review for more about it.
Japan 2009 calendar
A calendar of photos taken by me last year around Japan. I realise January is already over but there are still 11 more months to enjoy.
You may enter to win one, two or all three. Please indicate which one(s) you are interested in.
Also, I'm always happy to get more recommendations of what to read for my personal Reading Japan Project so I'd like to know your favourite Japanese literature titles.
So to enter, your comment must include:
*which prize(s) you'd like to win
*at least one Japanese literature title that you would recommend in any genre (or if you don't have any to recommend, one Japanese title or author that you'd like to try and why).
Don't forget to leave your email address if it's not clearly stated on your blog or profile, so I can get in touch with you if you win. Giveaway is open to anyone worldwide with access to regular mail delivery.
You have until Saturday, February 7th to enter, and I'll announce the winners on Sunday the 8th. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone who commented! This giveaway is now closed.