Thursday, September 03, 2009

Japanese Literature Giveaway

Do Not Disturb, © Yoshitomo Nara

I meant to get this up yesterday but you don't want to hear about my killer headache or the other events that have conspired to keep me away from the computer. So, let's talk giveaway! In conjunction with the 3rd Japanese Literature Challenge, and my own personal Reading Japan Project, I'd like to have a few Japanese-themed giveaways over the next few months. And what better way to usher in the autumn season than by offering a book to a blog friend, just because.

The prize: A Japanese literature title of your choice*.
Is there a Japanese literature title that you have been wanting to read but haven't yet got your hands on? Well, now is your chance! It can be fiction, or non-fiction, manga, whatever, but it must be Japanese (in translation of course, unless you can read Japanese, then feel free to choose a Japanese language version).

To enter, simply leave a comment below with the title and author of the book you'd like to read, and please include your email address if it's not easily visible on your blog. (If you need some ideas, check out the list of suggested reads at Bellezza's blog.)

The giveaway is open worldwide, and you do not have to be a participant of the Japanese Literature Challenge 3, although we'd love to have you join us!

Please submit your title by midnight JST (GMT +9) on September 12th. The winner will be announced on Sunday, the 13th. Good luck!

*The small print: Since it defeats the purpose of a Japanese literature giveaway, non-Japanese literature titles will be disqualifed. The book must be readily available to purchase online (no out-of-print books) as it will be coming from The Book Depository.

*Thank you to everyone for entering.  This giveaway is now closed*


  1. How wonderful! I would love to win A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe.

    dreamsongpoem at gmail dot com

  2. Fabulous giveaway!

    The Japanese title that I would most like to own is Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Akinari Ueda please.

  3. this is a megacute giveaway! i have a fair chunk of japanese literature on my bookshelf, but, i've actually never read anything by ryu murakami, as much as i sort of want to. so i'd probably pick up coin locker babies by him, because, it seems the proper place to start!

  4. Hi nat :D

    This is very generous of you.

    My choice would be :

    PAPRIKA by Yasutaka Tsutsui

    I am sorry you suffer from those terrible headaches :(


  5. Tanabata, you are too kind! It just makes me drool to think of the offer you're presenting (as mentioned in my post). You are so very generous.

  6. Ooo, fun give away!!

    My pick is "Norwegian Wood" By Murakami!

  7. Tops on my list is Murakami's "A Wild Sheep Chase."

  8. How Fabulous that it is worldwide, even down to the tip of Africa?! yay, my choice would be
    The Housekeeper and The Professor by Ogawa

    as I really like the story idea.

    Holding thumbs, fingers and toes!

  9. Very sweet!

    I've been wanting to read "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa.

  10. I think the extent of my Japanese reading is Kazuo Ishiguro and Haruki Murakami, but another blogger I read is doing a read-a-long for Tale of Genji and it seems interesting. I think I would choose that one because otherwise I wouldn't know where to begin!

  11. I'm not familiar with Japanese authors but I like Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto or any Yoshimoto books and I wouldn't might being surprise with a Japanese book of your picking

  12. this is awesome! my choice would be The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

    Hope your headaches are better!

  13. Great giveaway tanabata! I'd like to pop my name in for Rashomon and other stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa please. Thanks :)

  14. How sweet of you! Well, please drop my name in the hat for Beyond the Blossoming Fields. I really liked your recent review of it so I'd love to read that.

    Hope you are feeling better by the way :)

  15. I'm not entering (book acquiring ban won't let me :P), but I still wanted to say that it's awesome of you to do this.

  16. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami.

    You are super duper kind, Nat. :)

  17. That's so generous Tanabata. It's so like you :)

    I've been contemplating to order I Am A Cat by Natsume Soseki from book depo. Also Beyond the Blossoming Fields by Jun'ichi Watanabe, because I got so sucked in by your review. I'll pick one IF I win ;)

  18. I would say Seidensticker's translation of 'The Tale of Genji' (my dog's actually called Genji, but I've never read about his namesake), but that would be stretching your generosity a little too far, I think ;)

    Therefore, I'll go for 'What I talk about when I talk about running' by Haruki Murakami. I've read all his fiction, so it would be nice to hear his real voice for once.

    But 'Genji''s fine if you're not paying :)

  19. This is quite a giveaway--name your own prize!

    I'd love to read Real World by Natsuo Kirino.

    Thank you!

  20. wow what a lovely idea-

    I would love to win I Am a Cat: Three Volumes in One by Soseki Natsume, Aiko Ito, and Graeme Wilson

    my e mail is

  21. Wow! I have Silence by Shusaku Endo on my list for the Japanese Literature challenge but haven't picked it up yet, so that's what I'd choose.


  22. This is so incredibly generous. Thank you :)

    My preferred book would be:

    In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

  23. What a great great giveaway!

    I'd really really love a copy of Norwegian Wood from Haruki Murakami, if I do win this.

    Can I give you a hug? =)

    mich_yms AT hotmail DOT com.

  24. Wow, that's SO cool of you! Arigato gozaimasu :))

    I see I must check out Mee's blog because I was thinking about the same two titles: I am a Cat (Soseki Natsume) which has been on my wish list for ages and -- because I wrote it down after reading your review, Beyond the Blossoming Fields.

    BUT being such a cat lover I've decided on Natsume :))

    Today I will probably finish my first read for the Japanese Literature Challenge...

    gnoe [dot] gnoe [at] laposte [dot] net

  25. Thank you for such a cool giveaway! I would love to read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe (whichever you think is the better book :P)

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  26. Wow! What a generous giveaway! Thank you.

    I would love to read Yoko Ogawa's The Diving Pool. I just finished reading The Housekeeper and The Professor by her and I was completely bowled over - that book is brilliant! So, I would love to read another one of her works.


  27. Anything by ryu murakami would b e perfect.



  28. What a wonderful idea!

    I would love to get my hands on a copy of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. My email address, in case you don't have it, is poegeek at gmail dot com.

    I applaud your generosity and say thank you on behalf of whoever fate deals the lucky hand to.

    Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  29. Wow, how nice of you!! I hope your headaches get better and ease up on you (:

    I've been wanting to read Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Akinari Ueda, so it'd be awesome to win that!! (:

  30. Oh my! Seriously? Wow! That's so generous of you!

    My choice would be A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson. You made it sound so beautiful and insightful. Not having been to Japan yet, I'm sure this will be very interesting.

    My email address is:
    markdavidgan at gmail dot com

    PS: That's also quite polite of you to skip talk about your headache. Blogs are often the first places people go to when they're suffering something and just want to let it out ;)

  31. A very sweet giveaway idea and I must throw my hat into the ring: I would love EMMA, vol 2, by Mori.

    I am "Oh" at and email at dlosciale AT sbcglobal DOT net.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. wow how generous
    I think I would go for a manga, which I haven't read in a long time..
    Bleach volume 1
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

  33. Kafka on the Shore. What a fabulous giveaway!

  34. What a fabulous and generous giveaway!

    I would love to read:
    All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabi

    My email is available on my blog :o)

  35. This is a fabulous giveaway. It provides such a great opportunity for readers to diversify and begin to understand other cultures.

    I would love to read:

    After Dark by Murakami.

    Thanks for the superb experience.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  36. "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa
    I actually read this book but I checked it out of the library and would love to own a copy. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  37. Great giveaway! Thanks.

    I am in!

    I would like:

    Out by Natsuo Kirino


  38. I love Kazuo Ishiguro and would love a copy of An Artist of the Floating World.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!


    I also wanted to tell you that I thought yours was the best of the five cultural blogs and I voted for you and started following you.

    Good luck!

  39. Well, good thing I finally checked my GReader today since the deadline is tomorrow. Almost missed this one. Oh no...just one title? How about Black Rain - Ibuse. Thank you so much Tanabata! What a wonderful offer (and I'm easy to find...right?). :)

  40. Exciting! I'd be interested in:
    Yakuza Moon by Tendo
    vvb32 at

  41. I would so LOVE To win The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. Thanks so much!!

    My email is on my profile!

  42. Thanks everyone for entering! You all mentioned some great books. Some I've read, and some that I want to!

    Thanks Sylvie, sara, Iliana, and Faith Adeline!

    Bunny B - I actually wasn't crazy about All She Was Worth when I read it, but haven't read Never Let Me Go yet. I've heard good things about it though.

    Mark David - LOL. I've never been very good at talking about myself, especially to complain about something. :)

    gnoegnoe - Dou itashimashite! :)

    thebookaddict - Thank you so much! :)

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