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Recommended Reading for Japan: Books to Read Before Your Trip
Hopefully, this will save you from making the wrong decision. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. How much do I love it? As someone who taught English in Asia for many years, I could relate to the main character.
1. The Tale of Genji by Shikibu Murasaki
I spent a few years living in Japan where I spent my weekends traversing the country by bullet train, absorbing myself in books set in Japan. These stories were filled with kimono, geisha and salarymen. I travelled through all 47 prefectures, reading these local tales along the way. Please note: This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. My favorite bookstore in Tokyo and maybe anywhere is T Site Daikanyama , a sprawling collection of buildings filled with every publication you could ever dream of; the art and magazine selections are especially impressive. I was also a member of Kinokuniya , an eight floor bookstore in Shinjuku.
Often dark but full of humor, Japanese literature showcases the idiosyncrasies of such a culturally driven nation. Murakami takes the reader on an unnerving journey through the minds and bodies of a set of friends whose main concerns are where they are going to get their next drug fix from. Accused by some critics of being crass and overindulgent, Murakami certainly does not shy away from graphic descriptions of mescaline-induced hallucinations and sudden moments of brutality, which serve to make the lives of his protagonists seem even more hollow and mundane. Almost Transparent Blue unfolds in a haze of debauchery to the soundtrack of The Doors and the urban soundscape of s Japan. Mishima was an actor, writer, model, playwright, poet, and was rumored to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The focus is on female protagonists observing from strange places of isolation. Aya recounts her acts of love and cruelty in a detached, disinterested manner, as if viewing her life through a tunnel or a telescope.
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