Reading Japan

Reading Japan

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!

Japanese Literature Book Group Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge