japanese literature

Mieko Kawakami’s ‘Breasts and Eggs’ Is a Feminist Masterpiece

Mieko Kawakami’s ‘Breasts and Eggs’ Is a Feminist Masterpiece

Fearless in its demand for accountability, transcendent in its honesty, Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs breathes life into feminist literature and throws down a gauntlet for other writers to aspire toward.

Newly Translated Mishima Work, ‘Star’, Offers Insight into His Pop Culture Persona

Newly Translated Mishima Work, ‘Star’, Offers Insight into His Pop Culture Persona

Posthumous work by celebrated Japanese author Yukio Mishima, Star, explores how celebrities struggle with their own lack of authenticity.

Small Books for Big Brains: Red Circle Minis’ Pocket-sized Japanese Fiction

Small Books for Big Brains: Red Circle Minis’ Pocket-sized Japanese Fiction

Why must I tote around a book the size of a '90s-era laptop computer, carried in a bag slung over aching shoulders and twisted back, while my friends in Japan can enjoy the same book slipped near weightlessly into their pants pocket?

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Killing Commendatore’ Is Yet Another Turn Around the Tired Fantasy Carousel

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Killing Commendatore’ Is Yet Another Turn Around the Tired Fantasy Carousel

Disturbing pedophilia and time-consuming repetition drag down Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore.

‘The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories’ Is a Perfect Balance of Classic and Modern

‘The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories’ Is a Perfect Balance of Classic and Modern

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is not merely another college lit anthology, but a fascinating collection of short stories from all periods and from several authors who all too rarely make it into English translation.

Convenience Store Virtues (or, the Alienation of Modern Life)

Convenience Store Virtues (or, the Alienation of Modern Life)

Sayaka Murata's award-winning debut, Convenience Store Woman, finds that when social life becomes too much, even a convenience store can be a welcome refuge.

‘Forbidden Colors’ Shades of Conformity, Manipulation, Shallowness, Infidelity and Revenge

The Stories In ‘Acts of Worship’ Feel Like Practice Runs for Better Things to Come

In ‘House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories’, Dreams and Reality Seduce and Intertwine

Change Can’t Come Fast Enough Within ‘The Waiting Years’

Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘Naomi’ Than Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’

Beauty and Sadness Proves That With Beauty Comes Power