Saturday, June 26, 2010

Japanese Literature Challenge 4 (and updated JLit Book Group/Read-along schedule)

I've been very remiss in not posting earlier about the Japanese Literature Challenge, hosted once again by the lovely Bellezza. This fourth round of the challenge began on June 1st and runs to January 31st, 2011. My own Japanese literature reading has become a year-round project but there is still no way I would miss out on this challenge. It's a great opportunity to share our JLit experiences, and I especially love hearing about and discovering many new Japanese literature titles to add to my growing list. For information on signing up, click on the button or the link above.  To see what the other participants are reading, check out the Japanese Literature Challenge 4 review site.

There are so many JLit books I'd like to read this year but the stack shown below are the ones that I will definitely be reading, and discussing with, the Japanese Literature Book Group. If you're interested in reading any of these as well, I hope you'll consider joining us. There's no need to register in advance, or take part in all the discussions, you can just join in the ones that appeal to you, or that you have time for.

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Here's what the reading schedule looks like for the rest of the year.

ongoing - Read-along of The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (check the 'Pillow Book' Friday post for details)


28th - Silence by Shusaku Endo


15th - The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Book One)
26th - Battle Royale by Koushun Takami


15th - The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Book Two)
**23rd - Goodbye Tsugumi and/or Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto


**20th - The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Book Three)
27th - The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata


15th - The Silent Cry by Kenzaburō Ōe (part one)


15th - The Silent Cry by Kenzaburō Ōe (part two)
29th - The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

** indicates dates that have been changed
The Banana Yoshimoto discussion was originally set to begin on August 30th but as I'll be away that day, I've moved it up a week. And the final discussion for Book Three of The Makioka Sisters was originally set for September 15th, but since Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be taking place that week, I pushed the date back just a few days to avoid any conflict. I hope these changes don't cause any inconvenience.

For more information on the reading schedule (dates, page numbers, editions, etc.), please refer to the respective Japanese Literature Book Group, and the Japanese Literature Read-along pages.

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Nihon no bungaku wo tanoshimimasho!
Let's enjoy Japanese literature!

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  1. I'll be joining you for The Makioka Sisters and for the later discussions on The Pillow Book.

    I'm hoping to read Battle Royale this year but doubt it will be in time for the discussion; I'll also try to read Mishima too.

  2. Tanabata, I'm so very glad that you're going to participate in the JLC4. Your knowledge and input are invaluable to me! I wish I could swoop in and just borrow that whole stack of literature you photographed. Each one looks fabulous! I have the same edition of The Pillow Book, as yet unread in any portion, and I checked out Yoshimoto's Goodbye Tsugumi so at least I can join in for that! I'm also looking forward to the discussion on Silence coming soon! Thanks for being such a great inspiration to me. XO

  3. I'll be joining in for both Banana Yoshimoto's discussion having read them few months ago. You have just introduced me to many wonderful Japanese books.

    Here's my J-Lit 4 TBR.

    Look forward to all discussions!

  4. Hi Nat, which edition/cover of Oe's The Silent Cry did you get? Your copy's spine looks nice. I saw a copy at the bookstore but the cover was horrid so I didn't buy it. Shallow, I know. :D

  5. Claire (Paperback Reader) - Yay! I'm looking forward to re-reading The Makioka Sisters, and chatting with you about it. And The Pillow Book, whenever you get back to it. :)

    Bellezza - I'm sorry I was so late to finally post about it, but I wouldn't miss it! As long as you continue to host it, and I'm still blogging, you can always count me in. :)
    You have some pretty nice looking books in your stack too. The discussion post for 'Silence' is up now. I'm very interested in your thoughts on it. I hope we can get a good discussion going.

    JoV - Great! I'm glad you'll be able to join in the Banana Yoshimoto discussion. And I look forward to hearing what you think of those Murakami titles.

    claire - LOL. I do that too sometimes, refuse to buy a book if the cover is hideous. You can see the cover I have if you go to the main Japanese Literature Read-along post. It's a UK edition from Serpent's Tail. It's available from The Book Depository (The Silent Cry at BD). The green on the BD site is very neon but in actuality it's the darker green like on the JLit Read-along page, if that makes sense. Hope that helps.

  6. Thanks!!! I did see that neon green cover. Good to know it's actually darker. :D

  7. I really do like participating in your discussions. I am in a quandary...trying to decide which book to read because I cannot do both...
    The Makioka Sisters OR Battle Royale? Which one do you think I should go with???

  8. Having just read THE HUNGER GAMES, I'm pretty sure I couldn't stomach BATTLE ROYALE, which is totally unfair, but there you have it. I also recently read MAKIOKA SISTERS and liked it so I'll have to join int he discussions. It did take me three months just about to read it.

    And I haven't read any Oe and I do have KITCHEN on my TBR so I hope to join in for those! Thanks again for doing this...

  9. P.S. I forgot to say, aside from Silence, which we've just finished, I'll also be joining for The Sound of the Mountain and The Silent Cry.

    I'll also check in on the discussion on The Makioka Sisters, Goodbye Tsugumi, and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, as I've already read them and would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

  10. What a lovely woodblock print! I saw one once...of a geisha and a crab and I can't find it sad, it was beautiful :-)


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