Literature

A Diplomat in Japan

A Diplomat in Japan

Sir Ernest Satow

The classic historical account of Japan’s first encounters with the West.

Amorous Woman

Amorous Woman

by Donna George Storey

An American woman's sexual awakening in Japan, testing the limits of love and sensual pleasure.

Evening Clouds

Evening Clouds

by Junzo Shono

A masterpiece of quiet lyricism set against a backdrop of change and renewal in suburban Tokyo.

In the Woods of Memory

In the Woods of Memory

by Shun Medoruma, Translated by Takuma Sminkey, Afterword by Kyle Ikeda

A powerful and thought-provoking novel that raises important questions about World War II, war memory, and US imperialism and blowback.

Milky Way Railroad

Milky Way Railroad

by Kenji Miyazawa

One night, alone on a hilltop, a young boy is swept aboard a magical train bound for the Milky Way.

Oh, Tama!

Oh, Tama!

by Mieko Kanai

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

A Lateral View

A Lateral View

by Donald Richie

A revealing look at contemporary Japanese culture.

Basho's Narrow Road

Basho's Narrow Road

by Matsuo Basho

A stimulating exploration of the haiku masterpiece.

Forty-Seven Samurai

Forty-Seven Samurai

by Hiroaki Sato

One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin.

Innovating Out Of Crisis

Innovating Out Of Crisis

by Shigetaka Komori

CEO Shigetaka Komori's own story of why Fujifilm succeeded where Kodak failed...

Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

by Frederik L. Schodt

The Gundam creator's own vision of his spectacularly successful cult franchise, in a new edition for hungry fans.

One Hot Summer in Kyoto

One Hot Summer in Kyoto

by John Haylock

The tale of English teacher Peter Meadowes, who flees to Kyoto for a summer vacation and finds himself lusting after every woman he sees…

A Shameful Life

A Shameful Life

by Osamu Dazai, translated by Mark Gibeau

A new translation of one of the greatest works of postwar Japanese literature, acutely capturing modern anxiety and alienation.

Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu

Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu

by Xu Xu, translated by Frederik H. Green

Works of a major Chinese writer--liberal, cosmopolitan, and lyrically exotic--once banned but now embraced...

Hojoki

Hojoki

by Kamo-no-Chomei

A luminous translation of the classic Buddhist poem.

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

by Homare Endo

An unforgettable memoir of the horrors suffered by a Japanese family trapped in Changchun, China, at the end of WW2.

My Year of Dirt and Water

My Year of Dirt and Water

by Tracy Franz

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Persona

Persona

by Naoki Inose & Kiroaki Sato

A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

by Donald Richie

Sure to be a classic, Donald Richie's concise, profound insights into the mysteries of Japanese Aesthetics.

Dreamland Japan

Dreamland Japan

by Frederik L. Schodt

The classic text by renowned manga expert in a beautiful new casebound edition, with a new foreword and afterword by the author.

I Wait For The Moon

I Wait For The Moon

by Momoko Kuroda, commentary by Abigail Friedman

Momoko Kuroda (b. 1938) is a remarkable haiku spirit and a powerfully independent Japanese woman.

Kwaidan

Kwaidan

by Lafcadio Hearn

Twenty unusual tales from Japan collected by one of the greatest writers on the country.

Native American in the Land of the Shogun

Native American in the Land of the Shogun

by Frederik L. Schodt

The true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization.

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

by Frederik L. Schodt

The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan...

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