Japanese Fiction and Culture

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By Indievisual

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Haruki Murakami

$16.95 $15.59

Murakami's documentation of both the victims' harrowing stories and the perpetrators actions reads like a fictional thriller. Sadly it is not.

After the Quake

Haruki Murakami

$15.00 $13.80

Another poignant non-fiction chronicle by Murakami this time recounting the Kobe Earthquake.

The Memory Police

Yoko Ogawa

$16.00 $14.72

Director Charlie Kaufman has been approached to adapt this International Booker Prize 2020 Finalist by Ogawa Yoko who extrapolates the Orwellian police-state to an imaginative concept yet still remains applicable for today's audience.

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World

Laura Imai Messina

$25.00 $23.00

The Grave on the Wall

Brandon Shimoda

$16.95 $15.59

Battle Royale: Remastered

Koushun Takami

$16.99 $15.63

The story from which the shocking movie was based.


Shusaku Endo

$17.00 $15.64

The story Martin Scorsese spent years attempting to adapt properly.

Fires on the Plain (Original)

Shohei Ooka

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Indie director Tsukamoto Shinya retold this tale of the horrors of war in his uniquely unflinching manner.


Koji Suzuki

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Rebranded "Rings" for marketing reasons, this is the original "Ring" novel which launched J-Horror onto the world and inspired sequels as well as US remakes. However, there are so many aspects to the "Ring virus" found in the novel never touched in any cinematic adaptation (except perhaps the S. Korean attempt) that a reading of the original source material is a must.

Dark Water

Koji Suzuki

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One of the stories adapted to film which put J-Horror on the map.


Shuichi Yoshida


The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel

Keigo Higashino

$17.99 $16.55

The story was adapted to a Japanese TV series focusing on the police side (starring a character who doesn't exist in the novel) while a Korean movie adaptation stayed truer to the source material. Read the book and compare adaptations.

Harp of Burma (Original)

Michio Takeyama

$12.95 $11.91

47: The True Story of the Vendetta of the 47 Ronin from AkΓ΄

Thomas Harper

$29.95 $27.55

Many fictionalized accounts have been made. Here is the real story.

Japanese Gothic Tales

Kyoka Izumi


Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Modern Japan

Alex Kerr

$20.00 $18.40

Alex Kerr's book is a fascinating deconstruction of the many myths about Japan and Japanese culture foreigners often hold of the country and its people.

They Called Us Enemy

Steven Scott, George Takei, et al.

$19.99 $18.39

A graphic novel depicting actor George Takei's experience as an interned Japanese-American.

Malice: A Mystery

Keigo Higashino

$17.99 $16.55

The Makioka Sisters

Junichiro Tanizaki

$16.95 $15.59


Banana Yoshimoto

$16.00 $14.72

Hardboiled & Hard Luck

Banana Yoshimoto

$17.00 $15.64

Dream Fossil: The Complete Stories of Satoshi Kon

Satoshi Kon

$24.95 $22.95

The visionary auteur of some of Japan's most compelling contemporary anime was also an amazing storyteller on the page.

Satoshi Kon's: Opus

Satoshi Kon and Satoshi Kon

$19.99 $18.39

More of Kon Satoshi's illustrated storytelling.