Living in Japan as I did for many years, it's perhaps not surprising that I became interested in reading the literature of my temporary home. Japanese literature has a unique, subtle style that has been a wonderful experience to discover.
Being an "alien" in Japan for so long myself, I am also very interested in reading about Japan from an outside perspective, whether it be stories set in Japan, or non-fiction accounts from others who have been drawn to Japan.
So, it seemed only natural to start on a journey, a kind of personal Japanese literature reading project, which I affectionately call "Reading Japan".
Although I left Japan in 2012, having lived there for 11 years, I have only left it behind in body. Japan will always be a part of me, and I look forward to continuing to read about this fascinating country. And I do hope you'll join me!
If you'd like to see where my journey has taken me so far, or are simply looking for some Japanese reading inspiration:
Reading Japan Book List
A list of the Japanese literature or Japan-related books reviewed on In Spring it is the Dawn.
Japanese Literature Book Group - Previous Selections
A list of all the classic and contemporary Japanese literature read with the group.
Reading Japan - 2009
A recap of the Japanese lit and Japanese-related books I read in 2009.
Reading Japan - 2008
A recap of the Japanese lit and Japanese-related books I read in 2008.
Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge
Because one can never have too much Murakami!
Please feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions, or JLit reading suggestions!