japanese literature

in english

search japanese books translated into english:

Translator: Bryson, Kenneth J.

  • Okei : a girl from the provinces

    Set in the midst of samurai warfare in the mountainous region of Aizu in the late 19th century, Okei recounts the coming of age of a young peasant girl, who falls desperately in love with the fierce warrior Sanasuma Kingo, only to learn that the world she inhabits has no place for love.

  • The paradise bird tattoo (or, attempted double-suicide)

    After leaving his job at an advertising agency, Ikushima flees the city and finds himself in the town of Amagasaki, where his brief encounters with troubled neighbors lead to a contemplation of suicide and eventually a love affair.