Japanese Literature

Early works of Japanese literature were heavily influenced by cultural contact with China and Chinese literature, often written in Classical Chinese. Indian literature also had an influence through the diffusion of Buddhism in Japan. Eventually, Japanese literature developed into a separate style in its own right as Japanese writers began writing their own works about Japan, although the influence of Chinese literature and Classical Chinese remained until the end of the Edo period. Since Japan reopened its ports to Western trading and diplomacy in the 19th century, Western and Eastern literatu ...more

Convenience Store Woman
Ikigai: Los secretos de Japón para una vida larga y feliz
First Person Singular: Stories
Breasts and Eggs
The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
The Woman in the White Kimono
鬼滅の刃 3 [Kimetsu no Yaiba 3] (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #3)
おじさまと猫 4 [Ojisama to Neko 4] (A Man and His Cat, #4)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café (Before the Coffee Gets Cold, #2)
進撃の巨人 19 [Shingeki no Kyojin 19] (Attack on Titan, #19)
Il gatto che voleva salvare i libri
約束のネバーランド 17 [Yakusoku no Neverland 17] (The Promised Neverland, #17)
Norwegian Wood
Kafka on the Shore
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)
Sputnik Sweetheart
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
After Dark
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
Snow Country
South of the Border, West of the Sun
The Girl from the Well by Rin ChupecoThe Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValleAnother by Yukito AyatsujiBleeding Violet by Dia ReevesThe Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Diverse Horror
227 books — 124 voters
Red Winter by Annette MarieA Mortal Song by Megan CreweInk by Amanda SunWarcross by Marie LuFlame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Japan-related YA Fiction
80 books — 132 voters

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko JeanRed Winter by Annette MarieShadow of the Fox by Julie KagawaKamisama Kiss, Vol. 1 by Julietta SuzukiImmortal Fire by Annette Marie
Fiction Novels Featuring Yokai
88 books — 85 voters
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood by Haruki MurakamiNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroKitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Japanese authors
200 books — 162 voters

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu ArakawaDeath Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi OhbaNaruto, Vol. 01 by Masashi KishimotoOne Piece, Volume 1 by Eiichiro OdaBleach, Volume 01 by Tite Kubo
Best Manga of All Time
446 books — 836 voters
The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia RodenEssentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella HazanMadhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian by Madhur JaffreyMastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia ChildOlive Trees and Honey by Gil Marks
Best Ethnic Cookbooks
278 books — 156 voters

Natsuki Takaya
Those who hurt others will also hurt themselves.
Natsuki Takaya

Haruki Murakami
No, I don't want your money. The world moves less by money than by what you owe people and what they owe you. I don't like to owe anybody anything, so I keep to myself as much on the lending side as I can. ...more
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

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