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Anthologies, Short Stories, and Poetry

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Japan: A Traveler's Literary Companion - edited by Jeffrey Angles & J. Thomas Rimer

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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things - Lafcadio Hearn

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Modern Japanese Literature: From 1868 to the Present Day - edited by Donald Keene

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Contemporary Japanese Literature: An Anthology of Fiction, Film, and Other Writing Since 1945 - edited by Howard Hibbett

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Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings - Matsuo Basho; translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

 

Novels

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The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu ; translated by Royall Tyler

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An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
A portrait of a Japanese artist who put his painting to work in the service of the movement that led Japan into World War II.

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The Fox Woman - Kij Johnson

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Fudoki - Kij Johnson

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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel - Arthur Golden
Because her mother is dying and her father old, Chiyo, nine, is sold to a wealthy geisha house in Gion where she learns her trade and works it in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Shizuko's Daughter - Kyoko Mori
After Yuki's mother commits suicide, the 12-year-old girl must live with her distant father and his resentful new wife. Cut off from her mother's family, Yuki learns to rely on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.

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Black Rain - Masuji Ibuse
A novel about the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and how the lives of a Japanese businessman, his wife, and their niece changed.

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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon - translated by Ivan Morris

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Manga

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Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics - Paul Gravett
An accessible introduction to the development and diversity of Japanese comics from 1945 to the present.

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