Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Hello Japan! May mini-challenge: Mystery and Mayhem
Like many in the rest of the world, the Japanese also love a good mystery. Detective fiction is especially popular, but all kinds of mysteries are happily consumed on a regular basis. The top authors and TV shows are often detective stories or the writers thereof. Whether you normally read mysteries, or watch crime shows, or not, they can be a fun way to see another side of Japan that you might not experience otherwise.
May's task is to enjoy a Japanese mystery story. For our purposes, the definition of mystery is very broad. It can include detective fiction, crime fiction, suspense thriller, or basically any story that involves a mystery of some kind.
Edogawa Rampo, "who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction" to more contemporary authors such as Miyuki Miyabe, or Keigo Higashino. Miyuki Miyabe's The Sleeping Dragon won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1992, and Keigo Higashino's Naoko won it in 1999. And of course if you haven't read it yet, there is also Natsuo Kirino's popular Out. Among others.
You're not limited to only Japanese authors though. There are several non-Japanese authors who have written mystery series either set in Japan, or with Japanese characters. Such as Laura Joh Rowland, Sugata Massey, and I.J. Parker to name a few.
Mysteries in the Land of the Rising Sun
Mystery Writers of Japan Award
You're also welcome to watch a mystery movie. Or read a mystery-themed manga. Or a non-fiction crime story. And so on. As always, you can interpret the challenge as you like.
If you have any Japanese mystery or crime stories that you've read and would recommend, please share them in the comments.
This month's prize is one Japanese mystery novel of your choice. Please note that it must be available to purchase online (I will be ordering it for you from The Book Depository) and it can be up to $15 in price.
You can complete this month's mini-challenge by writing a blog post, telling us about what you did, and adding a link to your post, or by simply leaving a comment with your answer(s) on this post. If you prefer, you can also email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com with your submission. You are welcome to post or comment more than once and add the relevant links below. I love it when you are enthusiastic about a topic! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. Any other links will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding.
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