Guidelines: This year, all you have to do is read one work of Japanese origin. It can be literature of course, but don’t feel confined to that. You may choose to read poetry, biographies, short stories or even manga. If you are willing to read one such piece, you’ve met the challenge. If you read more, all the better.
Timeframe: July 30, 2009 to January 30, 2010.
A few months ago I didn’t really know anything of Japanese literature. I had seen Haruki Murakami’s books and I think I knew they were popular but that was all. Earlier in the year I read Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun – I found it intriguing and captivating and the seed was sown.
I’m delighted to join in this challenge and look forward to some elegant and magical reading.
After Dark – Haruki Murakami
Kitchen – Banana Yoshimoto
Thousand Cranes – Yasunari Kawabata
Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
In the Miso Soup – Ryu Murakami
Out – Natsuo Kirino
Strangers – Taichi Yamada
Some Prefer Nettles – Junichiro Tanizaki
The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
Norweigan Wood – Haruki Murakami