Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – Japan

Books written about Japan include Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Isabella Bird; Lost Japan, Alex Kerr; A Year in Japan, Kate Williamson; Crawling at Night, Nani Power; Japanese Inn, Oliver Statler; Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Rumer Godden; Shogun and King Rat, James Clavell; The Ginger Tree, Oswald Wynd; An Artist in the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro; Audrey Hepburn’s Neck, Alan Brown; Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson;The Big Wave, Pearl Buck; The Samurai, Shusaku Endo; Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden; and Geisha A Life, Mineko Iwasaki. Sujata Massey has written a mystery series that takes place in Japan whose books include The Salaryman’s Wife and The Flower Master.

Famous books in Japanese Literature include The Pillow Book, Sei Sonagon; The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu; Hojoki, Kamo no Chomei; Tsurezuregusa, Yoshida Kenko, Ugetsu Monogatari and Harusame Monogatari, Ueda Akinari; Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, Kyoketei Bakin; Wagahai wa neko de aru Botchan and Kokoro, Natsume Soseki; The Setting Sun, Dazai Osamu; Woman in the Dunes, Abe Kobo; and Norwegian Wood, Murakami Haruki.

Other Japanese writers include Ozaki Koyo, Izumi Kyoka, Kawabata Yasunari (Japan’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature), Oe Kenzaburo (Japan’s second winner of the Nobel Prize), Banana Yoshimoto and Ishiguro Kazuo (winner of Britain’s the Booker Prize).