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Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan

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Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan charts the enormous social and cultural changes that have taken place in Japan in the last twenty years. This collection of short stories features the most up-to-date and exciting writing from the most popular and finest award-winning authors in Japan today. These wildly imaginative and bound ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Cheng & Tsui
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Jan 30, 2016 George rated it liked it
An enjoyable collection of short stories from contemporary Japanese authors. There's the obligatory story from Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami ("Super-Frog Saves Tokyo," in which a man is told by a giant frog that the two of them must venture beneath the streets of Tokyo to defeat a giant worm who is preparing to unleash a major earthquake), and Yōko Ogawa gives us "The Sea," in which a woman and fiancé return to her hometown to meet her family. Natsuo Kirinocontributes a story about the daughter ...more
Tony Laplume
Jan 18, 2013 Tony Laplume rated it really liked it
"Ikebukuro West Gate Park," part of the international crime genre exemplified by Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Roberto Bolano's 2666, is the standout here, from author Ira Ishida and translator Jonathan Lawless. It's a must-read.
Robert Sheppard
May 27, 2013 Robert Sheppard rated it really liked it

Robert Sheppard‘s insight:

For those of you who are searching for new Japanese and Asian Voices World Literature Forum recommends "Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Stories from Japan" by Helen Mitsios a collection of contemporary Japanese short stories ranging from the hikikomori, or "Withdrawn Youth" literature to the anguish or anonymous sex in such
Will E
Jan 17, 2016 Will E rated it really liked it
Solid collection of short stories. Particular highlights include "No Fathers Club," "Diary of a Mummy," "Ikebukuro West Gate Park." Duds, in my opinion, include "Delilah," "As Told By a Nocturnal Witness." Essential collection for those looking for some new to English contemporary writers. Don't see why they had to include a reprint of a popular Murakami short story; though the new pieces by Natsuo Kirino and Yoko Ogawa, who have seen a lot of translations, are welcome, as they were previously u ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Great collection of stories. I'm always happy to be introduced to new Japanese writers. My favorites were the No Fathers Club and Bonfire, and also My Slightly Crooked Brooch really got to me. Well a lot of the stories got to me. I was a little disappointed with Murakami and Tawada Yoko's contributions, because they were sort of the same thing(a person waking up from a nightmare and the delusion of a crazy man, i.e. a fantastic story that ends up not actually being true)and because I've just rea ...more
World Literature Today
"In these and other personalized glimpses of a society in distress, Digital Geishas vivifies the anguish of a culture of the East that seems to eerily anticipate the future of the West." - Michael A. Morrison, University of Oklahoma

This book was reviewed in the July/August 2012 issue of World Literature Today. The full review is available at our website:
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
most imaginative collection of short stories. not only highly entertaining, but the stories leave a mark that will stay with you and cause you to see things in a new way. highlights are "delilah" about a woman's sexual fantasy in a tokyo bar and "no father's club" about children coping who don't have a father. the collection shows the remarkable creativity of japan's top writers. i think it's the best short story writing going on in the world today.
Kyle Muntz
Nov 28, 2012 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it
almost definitely the last of these japanese anthologies i'm going to read. (in the end the first one, monkey brain sushi, was definitely the best, but i'm glad to checked out the others as well.) highlights were stories by noboru tsujihari and, as usual, masahiko shimada--who, this time, actually translated his own story into english, and did an absolutely amazing job of it.
Oct 30, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
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I still often find short stories very confusing. They go along and just end and often leave me mystified. For example, in the last story, how did the wife end up with the lapis lazuli brooch? However, I did enjoy these stories especially since I could envision some of it from our trip to Japan August 2010. Probably like poetry, short stories require more reflection.
Dec 30, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
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I would have given this 4 stars, but the main part of the title "Digital Geishas" IS NOT IN THE BOOK!

Other than that major detail, I really enjoyed these short stories and have found several authors that I want to read more of.
May 08, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
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I'll seek out more work by four of these writers; additional works by the remainder will, conversely, have to fall into my path.
Angelina Goodman
Dec 30, 2011 Angelina Goodman rated it it was amazing
love these short stories! brilliant!
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