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Japan: A Traveler's Literary Companion
This collection guides the reader through the complexity that is Japan. Although frequently misunderstood as a homogenous nation, Japan is a land of tremendous linguistic, geographical, and cultural diversity. Hino Keizo leads the reader through Tokyo's mazes in "Jacob's Tokyo Ladder." Nakagami Kenji explores the ghostly, mythology-laden backwoods of Kumano. Atoda Takashi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Whereabouts Press
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If you're going to Japan and looking for a literary companion, it's definitely worth the space in your suitcase. I read this at a resort in Hakone in between soaks in the onsen, so maybe that colored my enjoyment of it, but this was a really nice selection of stories. Even though most of them were pretty sad. I'm going to look into reading more by some of these authors now. Hadn't heard of most of them before.
A collection of quirky stories set in various places throughout Japan. The purpose of this collection was to give a number of stories that would represent, through literature, different places in Japan. Here is an NPR interview with the editor.
This is a book of short stories by various Japanese authors, ably translated into English. Most of them were written quite a number of years ago and show that even in a different time and place we are basically the same. I found them quietly enjoyable and actually quite thought-provoking.