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Published on June 23rd, 2022 | by Key Reads


The Best Books From Japanese Authors

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There are some amazing novels from Japanese authors. The most famous are The Girl from Hakone, which is about a young mother trying to carry on with her life in Tokyo after her husband is transferred overseas. The book spans over a year and shows the highs and lows of adjusting to life without a partner. It explores the highs and lows of the adjustment process through the emotions and sentiments that make up a novel.

Murata’s exploration of ‘normal’

In ‘Keiko Murata: The End of Normal’, Japanese writer Ayako Murai offers us characters that aren’t quite ‘normal’, and navigate their worlds against their impulses to become normal or exist as aliens. These aliens may be literal, metaphorical, or delusional. Whether they are prone to casual incest or gleeful cannibalism, Murata’s characters have no trouble shattering expectations of tone and what constitutes ‘normal’.

The book starts with Keiko’s ‘normal’ life as a clerk in a convenience store. For half her life, Keiko passes as a normal cog in society, a curious utopia. But as her life spirals towards the middle, people start asking her about her love life, and she tries to carve out a different existence. But as she struggles to fulfill this new expectation, she must conform to the new norms, including an ultra-realistic portrayal of Japan.

“Earthlings” is a novel about a young girl who believes she has magical powers. While she struggles to fit in with society, she uses her magical ability to escape her abusive mother and rapist schoolteacher. Along the way, she forms a deep relationship with her cousin, a magical being. Moreover, it is a timely story, given the current pandemic that makes many people question their norms and values.

Kawakami’s ‘palm of the hand’ stories

Hiromi Kawakami’s palm of the hand stories are a collection of 26 short stories, each just small enough to fit in the palm of your hands. In these short stories, Kawakami creates a world filled with magic, transformation, and mystery. The stories can be read in one sitting, but are best savored slowly over several days. The short stories are all about a single night – a single story can be as complex and as engrossing as the novel itself.

People from My Neighborhood is a collection of short stories about a tight-knit community in an exurban suburb of Tokyo. The characters are often unlikely to be strangers, but the relationships between them are incredibly deep and complex. The twisted ties among these people are remarkably compelling and reminiscent of Kawakami’s earlier novels. In addition to the short stories, Kawakami also includes a full-length novel, Parade, which is a fanciful tale of a magical city.

‘Strange Weather in Tokyo’ is a best-seller. This collection of stories by a Japanese writer was published in the UK in 2011. This work contains stories that explore time and loneliness. The reader can carry it anywhere and keep it safe for future reading. Kawakami’s short stories have a unique, timeless quality. The stories are often based on personal experiences and experience and may be unrelated to real events, but they remain engrossing.

Yu Miri’s The Factory

A Japanese writer and artist, Yu Miri began researching her topic in 2006, when she visited the tent village of the Ueno Park in Tokyo. She discovered that eviction notices had been pasted to their tarpaulin huts before emperor visits. The notices told the homeless to vacate their homes, and many had come from Tohoku to seek shelter in Tokyo. The earthquake in Fukushima in March 2011 forced Yu to work in the area.

This novel was inspired by the experiences of migrant workers in Japan during the post-war economic boom, who helped build modern Tokyo with their bare hands. Yu’s protagonist is part of this unnamed army of migrant workers. Her novel deconstructed the idea of national unity and technological advancement, and depicted their lives as an unhinged underdog. The novel explores the social and political power structures in Japan, and the role of technology in modern society.

A Zainichi Korean, Yu Miri grew up in Japan and now lives in Fukushima, where she is a resident of Minamisoma. The Fukushima nuclear disaster devastated the area, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents and resulting radiation. Yu’s move has also helped promote the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In the aftermath of the disaster, she documents the lives of those who were displaced.

Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Silence is a 1966 historical and theological fiction novel written by Japanese author Shsaku Endo. It was first published in English by Peter Owen Publishers in 1966. The novel tells the story of a Jesuit missionary in seventeenth-century Japan, during the Kakure Kirishitan, a period after the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. It explores religious life and the role of religion in modern Japan.

Among other things, Endo examines the inhumanity of the Incarnation, as well as the paradox of a crucified God. The novel is also highly theological and echoes the challenges facing Christians in our day. Endo, a Japanese Catholic, was deeply troubled by the brutal persecution of Christians in his home country. His novel explores the power of Christ’s saving action, while also exploring the difficulties of being a Christian in Japan.

In this book, a Portuguese priest named Father Sebastian Rodrigues is sent to Japan during the Japanese persecution of Christians. In fact, Endo bases the priests in the novel on actual Jesuits. Because Endo comes from a Japanese Catholic community, he saw the “hidden Christians” of his country as heroes. In the novel, Rodrigues and another priest must navigate the difficulties of living as a Christian while being persecuted in Japan.

Sei Shonagon’s Apparitions

A novel in the 20th century that evokes the British 18th and 19th century, Sei Shonagon’s Apparition is often considered the best book by a Japanese author. The story follows the lives of a man, a woman, and a cat, which is a common theme in Japanese fiction. In a similar vein, the novel Masks explores the role of a geisha and the wife of a high-ranking official. This novel is often considered his most autobiographical work.

The era in which Shonagon lived has left her legacy in Japan. Her powerful writings, which date back more than 1,000 years, are typical of the zuihitsu genre, a collection of ideas and musings by a Japanese author. Her tales provide a fascinating glimpse into court life, and her other works are still immensely fascinating today.

The Heian era left behind a wealth of religious literature. This includes Shaku Nihongi, which was written in the era 1264-1274. The book’s title refers to the fact that the Chinese government had a postal service and mailed letters to the peninsula. While the author did not live to see his writings, he had a strong influence on Japan’s history. The book’s popularity was helped by the fact that the Chinese had long been aware of the peninsula’s religious significance.

The story is set in an ancient Greek myth, which was inspired by the Orpheus and Eurydice legend. Sei’s images have continued to inspire readers to think about artificial gender roles. Its themes of gender equality and classism are still relevant today. The author’s views of feminism are the opposite of Mishima’s. These views are reflected in the writings of the Japanese author.

Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry

One of the best novels in the world, The Silent Cry is a classic Japanese novel written by author Kenzaburo Oe. This novel was first published in 1967 and won the Tanizaki Prize. It traces the lives of two young men, one of whom is an ordinary schoolgirl and the other a high-achieving businessman. While the story is about love and loss, it also explores the importance of family and friendship.

The Silent Cry is a novel that takes place in post-war Japan. Oe, who lives in Tokyo with his wife, has a child with severe brain damage. Many of the narrators have children with varying degrees of brain damage. This novel won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1994. However, many people have criticized the book’s message and portrayed the characters in a negative light.

In many ways, Oe’s book is a masterpiece. Its dark existential themes make it a grueling read, yet there is also a sliver of hope. It’s full of domestic problems, but it still manages to inject a small ray of hope into the story. It’s hard to imagine how a young man living in Japan could feel so hopeless when facing all those problems.

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