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message 1: by Alison (last edited Feb 23, 2021 06:44PM) (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments I'm putting together a list of all Japanese fiction available in English.

https://readjapaneseliterature.com/a-...

Edit: See also the list of Akutagawa Prize Winning Novels and Novelists in English Translation.


message 2: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Gonzalez | 3 comments Thank you very much


message 3: by iliana (new)

iliana (ssk52) | 69 comments Thank you Alison!


message 4: by Terry94705 (new)

Terry94705 | 8 comments This is so useful! Thank you so much! (Don’t forget to add our current author, Akita Yoshimura.)


message 5: by Jeshika (new)

Jeshika Paperdoll (jeshikapaperdoll) | 207 comments This is a great idea! Thanks Alison!


message 6: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Peto (jonathanpeto) | 5 comments Wow!


message 7: by Christie (new)

Christie (firerabbit830) | 23 comments This is great! Thank you!


message 8: by Carla (new)

Carla (lalavalino) | 2 comments awesome! thank you so much!


message 9: by Lucille (new)

Lucille (lucillet) | 1 comments An honorable & much appreciated endeavor!!!!!


message 10: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments Awesome! I hope you don't mind some feedback...

"Hideo Furkawa" -> "Hideo Furukawa"
"Masuiji Ibuse" -> "Masuji Ibuse"

Yasushi Inoue: "Wind and Waves", "The Blue Wolf"
Kyotaro Nishimura: "The Mystery Train Disappears"

Natsume Soseki: "Kusamakura" and "The Three Cornered World" are the same book

I can go through this in more detail if you like, and point out more additions. Just ask!


message 11: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Bill wrote: "Awesome! I hope you don't mind some feedback...

"Hideo Furkawa" -> "Hideo Furukawa"
"Masuiji Ibuse" -> "Masuji Ibuse"

Yasushi Inoue: "Wind and Waves", "The Blue Wolf"
Kyotaro Nishimura: "The Myst..."



Absolutely! I'm totally open to suggestions/edits.


message 12: by Zak (new)

Zak | 10 comments Thank you so much for this wonderful list. I'm aware of 2 other translated books of Otsuichi ie. "Zoo" and "Goth"...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Hope this helps with your list.


message 13: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments This takes me up through "M" on my bookshelf... more later.

The Dark Maidens
Akiyoshi, Rikako

A Caring Man
Arai, Akira

Shoshaman: A Tale of Corporate Japan
Arai, Shinya

A Certain Woman
Arishima, Takeo

Another
Ayatsuji, Yukito

Mandala Road
Bandō, Masako

Sachiko
Endō, Shūsaku

The Bamboo Sword: And Other Samurai Tales
Fujisawa, Shuhei

One Hundred Mountains of Japan
Fukada, Kyuya

Flowers of Grass
Fukunaga, Takehiko

Gush
Hemmi, Yo

The Silent Dead
Honda, Tetsuya

Lieutenant Lookeast and Other Stories
Ibuse, Masuji

Shank's Mare
Ikku, Jippensha

Confucius
Inoue, Yasushi

Roof Tile of Tempyo
Inoue, Yasushi

Shirobamba
Inoue, Yasushi

The Samurai Banner of Furin Kazan
Inoue, Yasushi

Wild Grass on the Riverbank
Itō, Hiromi

Farewell, My Orange
Iwaki, Kei

The Saint of Mt. Koya
Izumi, Kyōka

In Light of Shadows: More Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyoka
Izumi, Kyōka

Japanese Gothic Tales
Izumi, Kyōka

The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist
Kashiwaba, Sachiko

Kannani and Document of Flames: Two Japanese Colonial Novels
Katsuei, Yuasa

Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse
Kawaguchi, Matsutaro

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Kawaguchi, Toshikazu

People From My Neighbourhood
Kawakami, Hiromi

Tales of the Ghost Sword
Kikuchi, Hideyuki

A Wind Named Amnesia / Invader Summer
Kikuchi, Hideyuki

Boy
Kitano, Takeshi

A Guru Is Born
Kitano, Takeshi

A Dog in Water
Kiuchi, Kazuhiro

Shield of Straw
Kiuchi, Kazuhiro

The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle
Kobayashi, Takiji

River Mist and Other Stories
Kunikida, Doppo

Life in the Cul-de-Sac
Kuroi, Senji

A Day in the Life
Kuroi, Senji

A Flock of Swirling Crows: And Other Proletarian Writings
Kuroshima, Denji

Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window
Kuroyanagi, Tetsuko

The Paradise Bird Tattoo
Kurumatani, Choukitsu

Pagoda, Skull Samurai
Kōda, Rohan

Love of Mountains: Two Stories
Kōji, Uno

Single Sickness and Other Stories
Masuda, Mizuko

Confessions
Minato, Kanae

Madame de Sade
Mishima, Yukio

Thirst for Love
Mishima, Yukio

Freezing Point
Miura, Ayako

A Heart of Winter
Miura, Ayako

Shiokari Pass
Miura, Ayako

River of fireflies
Miyamoto, Teru

Spinning Tropics
Mochizuki, Asuka

Vita Sexualis
Mori, Ōgai

Youth and Other Stories
Mori, Ōgai

The Name of the Flower
Mukoda, Kuniko


message 14: by Tim (new)

Tim | 152 comments Awesome idea! Included here are the ones in my personal collection that I didn't see in your list.

The Tales of Ise by Anonymous
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Shield of Straw by Kazuhiro Kiuchi
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi
Strangers by Taichi Yamada


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Alison Fincher | 142 comments Zak wrote: "Thank you so much for this wonderful list. I'm aware of 2 other translated books of Otsuichi ie. "Zoo" and "Goth"...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/..."


Got it! Thanks!


message 16: by Jon (new)

Jon Ciliberto | 53 comments I don't think my list is so interesting... mostly older things, and these are just the print editions I have.

Kôbo Abé The Woman in the Dunes
Kôbo Abé The Ruined Map
Kôbo Abé The Man Who Turned into a Stick and other plays
Kôbo Abé Beyond the Curve
Kôbo Abé The Box Man
Kôbo Abé The Ark Sakura
Kôbo Abé Kangeroo Notebook
Kôbo Abé Inter Ice Age 4
Kôbo Abé The Face of Another
Kôbo Abé The Box Man
Kôbo Abé The Woman in the Dunes
Kôbo Abé The Ruined Map
Yasunari Kawabata First Snow on Fuji
Yasunari Kawabata The Old Capital
Yasunari Kawabata The Lake
Yasunari Kawabata Snow Country
Yasunari Kawabata Thousand Cranes
Yasunari Kawabata The House of the Sleeping Beauties
Yasunari Kawabata Palm of the Hand Stories
Yukio Mishima After the Banquet
Yukio Mishima Spring Snow
Yukio Mishima The Decay of the Angel
Yukio Mishima The Temple of Dawn
Yukio Mishima Runaway Horses
Yukio Mishima The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Yukio Mishima Forbidden Colors
Yukio Mishima Confessions of a Mask
Yukio Mishima Death in Midsummer
Yukio Mishima The Sound of Waves
Yukio Mishima The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Yukio Mishima The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea
Yukio Mishima Forbidden Colors
Haruki Murakami Kafka on the Shore
Karuki Murakami A Wild Sheep Chase
Haruki Murakami 1Q84
Shikibu Murasaki The Tale of Genji
Shikibu Murasaki The Tale of Genji
Kenzaburo Oe A Personal Matter
Junzo Shono Evening Clouds
Natsume Sôseki Sanshiro
Natsume Sôseki Kokoro
Natsume Sôseki Botchan
Natsume Sôseki The Three Cornered World (Kusumakura)
Natsume Sôseki The Wayfarer (Kojin)
Natsume Sôseki Mon “The Gate”
Natsume Sôseki And Then (Sorekara)
Natsume Sôseki Sanshiro
Natsume Sôseki Kokoro
Natsume Sôseki Light and Darkness
Junichiro Tanizaki In Praise of Shadows
Junichiro Tanizaki The Key
Junichiro Tanizaki Two Novellas by
Junichiro Tanizaki A Cat, A Man, and Two Women
Junichiro Tanizaki The Gourmet Club
Junichiro Tanizaki The Makioka Sisters
Junichiro Tanizaki Some Prefer Nettles
De Bary, Keene (eds.) Tsunoda Sources of Japanese Tradition I
De Bary, Keene (eds.) Tsunoda Sources of Japanese Tradition II
Banana Yoshimoto Kitchen
Banana Yoshimoto Lizard
Banana Yoshimoto Asleep


message 17: by Jon (new)

Jon Ciliberto | 53 comments And one more:

Futabatei Shimei The Drifting Cloud, (Ukigumo (浮雲))


message 18: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Bill wrote: "This takes me up through "M" on my bookshelf... more later.

The Dark Maidens
Akiyoshi, Rikako

A Caring Man
Arai, Akira

Shoshaman: A Tale of Corporate Japan
Arai, Shinya

A Certain Woman
Arishim..."


This is quite the list! Thank you so much.

I've gotten through the Inoue adding everything that didn't look like NF or YA. Lots and lots of books! Thanks.


message 19: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments I tried to screen out both NF and YA, but maybe I wasn't completely successful. Let me know when you're ready, and I'll make an N-to-Z batch.


message 20: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Bill wrote: "This takes me up through "M" on my bookshelf... more later...


How'd you get a copy of Before the Coffee Gets Cold? It looks like a great read, but the internet says it isn't available until November.


message 21: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments I copied and pasted from my "Japan" bookshelf here on GR. It includes quite a few books I haven't bought yet :)


message 22: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments (*facepalm*) You obviously meant your digital bookshelf...

Your list is very thorough! I'm just through the "Ki"s.


message 23: by Jeshika (new)

Jeshika Paperdoll (jeshikapaperdoll) | 207 comments Before the Coffee Gets Cold is already published in the UK. :)


message 24: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments It's going to be hard for the group to read it in August, though.


message 25: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1164 comments It was released in the US last September 2019. Is our availability problem a UK one, not solved with shipping from the US? It wasn’t my nomination but I had checked availability before voting and didn’t realize it’s an issue.

We *could* read our June and July selections, vote in July for August through October, and slot Coffee in to November.

What say those with availability issues?


message 26: by Jeshika (last edited May 22, 2020 12:58AM) (new)

Jeshika Paperdoll (jeshikapaperdoll) | 207 comments Carol wrote: "It was released in the US last September 2019. Is our availability problem a UK one, not solved with shipping from the US? It wasn’t my nomination but I had checked availability before voting and d..."

No, it's not a UK issue. We definitely have it here, I've ordered it and had it delivered within a few days.

I've done a bit more digging and it looks like there's a hardcover being released for it in Nov 2020, so that's where the date has come from.


message 27: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments I ordered a copy with ISBN 1529029589, which should be arriving today. It's a British edition.


message 28: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1164 comments Jeshika wrote: "Carol wrote: "It was released in the US last September 2019. Is our availability problem a UK one, not solved with shipping from the US? It wasn’t my nomination but I had checked availability befor..."

That’s great news! Plus, if Bill has broken down and ordered a physical book to be delivered it would be a shame not to honor that action with a corresponding discussion. :)


message 29: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Tim wrote: "Awesome idea! Included here are the ones in my personal collection that I didn't see in your list.

The Tales of Ise by Anonymous
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Shield of Straw by K..."


Thanks!


message 30: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Bill wrote: "This takes me up through "M" on my bookshelf... more later.

The Dark Maidens
Akiyoshi, Rikako

A Caring Man
Arai, Akira

Shoshaman: A Tale of Corporate Japan
Arai, Shinya

A Certain Woman
Arishim..."


Alison wrote: "(*facepalm*) You obviously meant your digital bookshelf...

Your list is very thorough! I'm just through the "Ki"s."


I finally got all the way through your list!


message 31: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments Here's the rest from my bookshelf:

The Bells of Nagasaki
Nagai, Takashi

The Moon Over the Mountain: Stories
Nakajima, Atsushi

The Little House
Nakajima, Kyōko

Nocturne of Remembrance
Nakayama, Shichiri

Portal of the Wind
Natsuki, Shizuko

Innocent Journey
Natsuki, Shizuko

Inside My Glass Doors
Natsume Sōseki

Lost Souls, Sacred Creatures
Nishimura, Juko

"Dark Pictures" and Other Stories
Noma, Hiroshi

The Pornographers
Nosaka, Akiyuki

Deep Red
Nozawa, Hisashi

Nan-Core
Numata, Mahokaru

Stories of Osaka Life
Oda, Sakunosuke

The Restaurant of Love Regained
Ogawa, Ito

Cage on the Sea
Ohno, Kaoru

A Riot of Goldfish
Okamoto, Kanoko

The House Spirit and Other Stories
Okamoto, Kanoko

The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi: Detective Stories of Old Edo
Okamoto, Kido

J-Boys: Kazuo's World, Tokyo, 1965
Oketani, Shogo

The Book of the Dead
Orikuchi, Shinobu

The Journey
Osaragi, Jirō

Homecoming
Osaragi, Jirō

The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and Other Short Stories from Japan
Otowa, Rebecca

Not a Song Like Any Other: An Anthology of Writings
Mori, Ogai

The Blade of the Courtesans
Ryû, Keiichirô

The Running Boy and Other Stories
Sagisawa, Megumu

The Sick Rose: A Pastoral Elegy
Satō, Haruo

Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volumes 1-5
Shiba, Ryōtarō

Gaku Stories
Shiina, Makoto

Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
Shirane, Haruo

Watcher from the Shore
Sono, Ayako

The Hundred-Yen Singer
Suenaga, Naomi

The River with No Bridge
Sumii, Sue

Wind and Stone
Tachihara, Masaaki

Outlet
Taguchi, Randy

Fujisan
Taguchi, Randy

Honeymoon to Nowhere
Takagi, Akimitsu

The Glass Rabbit
Takagi, Toshiko

Case of the Sharaku Murders
Takahashi, Katsuhiko

The Soil
Nagatsuka, Takashi

This Outcast Generation and Luminous Moss
Takeda, Taijun

Harp of Burma
Takeyama, Michio

Frozen Dreams: A Japanese Adventure Novel
Tatematsu, Wahei

Distant Thunder
Tatematsu, Wahei

The Quilt and Other Stories by Tayama Katai
Tayama, Katai

Country Teacher
Tayama, Katai

The Crimson Thread of Abandon: Stories
Terayama, Shuji

Rough Living
Tokuda, Shūsei

Building Waves
Tomioka, Taeko

Twenty-Four Eyes: A Novel
Tsuboi, Sakae

Bullseye!
Tsutsui, Yasutaka

The Togakushi Legend Murders
Uchida, Yasuo

Tales of Moonlight and Rain
Ueda, Akinari

The Sound of the Wind
Uno, Chiyo

Confessions of Love
Uno, Chiyo

Light That Casts No Shadow
Watanabe, Junichi

A Cop's Eyes
Yakumaru, Gaku

I Haven't Dreamed of Flying for a While
Yamada, Taichi

In Search of a Distant Voice
Yamada, Taichi

Strangers
Yamada, Taichi

The Flower Mat
Yamamoto, Shūgorō

Legends of Tono
Yanagita, Kunio

Six Four
Yokoyama, Hideo

Hardboiled & Hard Luck
Yoshimoto, Banana

Amrita
Yoshimoto, Banana

Kitchen
Yoshimoto, Banana

Goodbye Tsugumi
Yoshimoto, Banana

Lizard
Yoshimoto, Banana

The Lake
Yoshimoto, Banana

Asleep
Yoshimoto, Banana

N.P
Yoshimoto, Banana

The Letters
Yumoto, Kazumi

The Spring Tone
Yumoto, Kazumi

The Ginza Ghost
Ōsaka, Keikichi


message 32: by Bill (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments Next I need to go through your list and look for books I don't know! :)


message 33: by Jon (new)

Jon Ciliberto | 53 comments Short stories selected (from www.apersonalanthology.com):

‘Tattoo’ by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, translated by Ivan Morris (first published in Japanese 1910. Collected in Modern Japanese Short Stories, Tuttle 2019. Read a different translation by Howard Hibbett under the title ‘The Tattooer’ available for PDF download here, or as ‘The Victim’ in the Paris Review here)

A twisted tattooist finds the perfect human canvas on which to tattoo a spider. The joke’s on him, of course…

‘The Spider Thread’ by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, translated by Jay Rubin (first published in Japanese 191. Included in Rashōmon and Seventeen Other Stories, Penguin 2006. Available to read online here)

Fantastic morality story from the master of Japanese short stories, pontificating on a man’s journey climbing a spider’s thread from hell to heaven.

‘Delira’ by Kanehara Hitomi, translated by Dan Bradley (first published in Japanese 2009. Published by Granta in 2015. Avaliable to read online here)

I love this writer. Everyone should go read her first novel Snakes & Earrings.

‘I Am a Novelist’ by Murakami Ryū, translated by Ralph McCarthy (first published in Japanese in the collection Run, Takahashi! in 1986.. Collected in Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories, Kurodahan Press 2016. I cannot find a version of this online, but apparently it’s available to subscribers of The New Yorker through online archives… I think…)

Murakami Ryū is so compelling. This is an amazing premise, too – a writer gets a call from a hostess club where someone has been impersonating him, running up a massive drinks tab, and having an affair with one of the hostesses at the club.

‘The Second Bakery Attack’ by Murakami Haruki, translated by Jay Rubin (first published in Japanese 1986. Included in The Elephant Vanishes, Vintage 2003. Available to read online here)

It was literally impossible to pick one short story from Murakami Haruki. I thought about picking just 12 from him alone. Thinking about it, I should’ve picked ‘Silence’. But I didn’t. Whoops.

‘A Clean Marriage’ by Murata Sayaka, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (first published as part of the collection Satsujin shussan, Kodansha 2014. First published in English in Granta 127: Japan in 2014, and available to read online here)

You might know her from Convenience Store Woman, but this was my first exposure to Murata Sayaka. An asexual man and woman get together with the understanding that there will be no sex in this marriage, thank you very much.

‘The Magic Chalk’ by Abe Kōbō, translated by Alison Kibrick (first published in Japanese 1950. Collected in The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories, Kodansha 1992. Available to read online here)

I read this story years and years ago when I first lived in Japan. I haven’t re-read it since, but I remember it blew my socks off. A guy finds a piece of magic chalk and draws a door to another universe on his apartment wall. A bit like that cartoon Penny Crayon.

‘Enoki’ by Matsuda Aoko, translated by Polly Barton (first published in Japanese 2018. Included in Where the Wild Ladies Are, Tilted Axis 2020. Available to read online here)

I love Matsuda Aoko’s writing. I wanted to choose The Girl Who Is Getting Married (part of the Keshiki series of chapbooks from Strangers Press), but I thought I’d pick something people can read online instead.

‘Come Out’ by Hoshi Shin’ichi, translated by Stanleigh Jones (first published in Japanese 1957 and available in the collection Bokko-chan in Japanese. Available here and there online: On someone’s blog here or there’s a weird scanned version here)

Hoshi Shin’ichi is awesome. I feel like he deserves to be translated into English more than he currently is. He writes these great Sci-Fi short, short stories. This one is a sort of morality tale about the environment (and an increasingly relevant one).

‘Closet LLB’ by Uno Kōji, translated by Jay Rubin (Collected in The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, Penguin 2018)

I don’t know what it was about this story, but I loved how arrogant and silly the main character is.

‘The Bridegroom Was a Dog’ by Tawada Yōko, translated by Margaret Misutani (first published in Japanese 199). Included in The Bridegroom Was a Dog, New Directions 2012 or Kodansha 1998)

In Japanese literature, you often get these long short stories which are part of a mini-collection. This is one of those. I remember really enjoying this story when I read it ­– I remember it being narrated by the town, following the exploits of one woman who lives there.

‘The House of the Sleeping Beauties’ by Kawabata Yasunari, translated by Edward Seidensticker (first published in Japanese 1961. Included in The House of Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories, Vintage International 2017)

Similar to ‘The Bridegroom Was a Dog’ mentioned above, this is also a long short story available in a mini-collection form. But this is just about the creepiest, weirdest story I’ve ever read. An older man pays to sleep next to a young woman at a weird brothel-esque house for narcoleptics.


message 34: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Carol wrote: "It was released in the US last September 2019. Is our availability problem a UK one, not solved with shipping from the US? It wasn’t my nomination but I had checked availability before voting and d..."

My UK copy of Before the Coffee Gets Cold arrived a week or so ago. I really, really wanted to like the book more than I did. Maybe not worth the wait.

Thoughts here: https://readjapaneseliterature.com/20...

Incidentally, it's not slated for release in the US until November.


message 35: by Bill (last edited Jun 30, 2020 03:11PM) (new)

Bill Johnston | 664 comments It's available in Australia, too. My used copy is priced in A$ and was originally sold by the Hobart Bookshop (in Tasmania, I guess).


message 36: by Alison (last edited Aug 25, 2020 02:37PM) (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments I've got a list of Akutagawa Prize winners available in English going up. I'm only through 1990-2020. Honestly, there's more out there than I thought.


message 37: by Alison (last edited Feb 23, 2021 06:42PM) (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Just a follow-up here: I finally got around to finishing (I think) the list of Akutagawa Prize Winning Novels and Novelists in English Translation.

Now I've got to get back to finishing up the bigger list of JLit in English translation.


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Jordan (jordandevi) | 20 comments Alison wrote: "Just a follow-up here: I finally got around to finishing (I think) the list of Akutagawa Prize Winning Novels and Novelists in English Translation.

Now I've got to get back to finishing up the big..."


This link is broken for me - could you repost it?


message 39: by Alison (new)

Alison Fincher | 142 comments Jordan wrote: "Alison wrote: "Just a follow-up here: I finally got around to finishing (I think) the list of Akutagawa Prize Winning Novels and Novelists in English Translation.

Now I've got to get back to finis..."


Oops. Guess my HTML is a little rusty. I fixed the original post, and its also here: the list of Akutagawa Prize Winning Novels and Novelists in English Translation.


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