Monday, January 4, 2021

Japanese Literature Challenge 14

Japanese Literature Challenge 14
hosted by Dolce Bellezza
January 1 to March 31, 2021

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
Fantasy, Time Travel, Japan, (audio) | Published: 2019 (first 2015) | Goodreads | my rating: 5
importance of the present

Breasts and Eggs
by Mieko Kawakami,
translated by Sam Bett, David Boyd
Literary, Feminism, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: 5
female body, children and meaning of life

The Memory Police
by Yoko Ogawa
translated by Stephen Snyder
Literature, Dystopia, Japan, (audio) | Published: 2019 | Goodreads | my rating: 5
long-term illness, death and dying

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
by Clarissa Goenawan
Literary, Japan, LGBTQ, Magical Realism | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: 5
zines, popularity, truths, untruths

Sailor Moon
volume one
by Naoko Takeuchi
Graphic Novel, YA, Japan | Published: 2003 (first 1992) | Goodreads | my rating: 4
leadership, team work, flicker of romance


  1. Looks like a nice eclectic stack for your challenge.

  2. You have really piqued my interest with this post, as I have never read any Japanese books, or books by Japanese authors.

    I now work closely with a great site I recently discovered called Trip Fiction. Their remit is 'Books Set In Location', which is great for any armchair travellers. If you are looking for more books with a Japanese feel to them, it may be worth your while taking a look, as they have pages of them listed...

    I'm going to make time to have a closer look myself, alongside the great books you have already featured. It might become a small personal challenge to read at least one Japanese book this year!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne Xx


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