Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I'm so glad that you've joined the Japanese Literature Challenge 6! The 'rules' are easy: read a work of Japanese literature and enjoy what others have read. This is the place where we will link to our reviews. Please leave your name and title of the work you read in the first box, then the URL to your review in the second.

Happy reading!

1.Robin Kalinich
43.Patty@A Tale of Three Cities (1Q84, Book I)
2.The Literary Stew
23.Bellezza (The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata)
3.The Parrish Lantern( In Praise of Shadows (A Contemplation))
24.Emma (Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
45.Caroline@ Beauty is a Slleping Cat (In Search of a Distant Voice by Taichi Yamada
4.The Parrish Lantern( Black Rain– Masuji Ibuse) 25.Patty@ ATaleof Three Cities (Books for JLC6))
46.Ally@ Snow Feathers
5.The Parrish Lantern( Early Sci- Fi, Nihon (にほん) Style .)
26.Clouds of Sparrow by Takashi Matsuoka ()
47.The Parrish Lantern, The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto
6.The Reading Life -Getting Started in WWII literature
27.Emma @ Words And Peace (The Devotion of Suspect X)
48.tuesday in silhouette (After Dark, 1Q84)
7.The Reading Life -Some Great Japanese Historical Novels
28.The Reading Life -The Maid by Yusataka Tsutsui
49.The Reading Life (" The Hole" by Irikiuri Ran- 1938' short story
8.Tony's Reading List (' The Sound of the Mountain' by Yasunari Kawabata)
29.Robin (A Fondness for Reading) - Kusamakura
50.Bellezza (The Woman In The Dunes)
9.Tony's Reading List (' The Sailor Who Fell from Grace...' by Yukio Mishima)
30.sylvie sevigny/ Kenzaburo Oe " A PERSONAL MATTER" (need to review) 51.Nihon distractions -
10.Tony's Reading List (Plans for JLC6)
31.Nihon distractions - Wind and Stone
52.Tony's Reading List (' Mon'/' The Gate' by Natsume Soseki)
11.Jenna (The Devotion of Suspect X)
32.cbjames (Snow Country)
53.tuesday in silhouette (Revised thoughts on 1Q84)
12.Milky Mixer (' Amrita' by Banana Yoshimoto)
33.The Literary Stew (Out by Natsuo Kirino)

54.reading buddy (Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami)
13.The Literary Stew (People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry) 34.Tony's Reading List (Modern Japanese Literature)
55.chasing bawa (The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura)
35.Beauty is A Sleeping Cat (Black Rain)
56.Emma @ Words And Peace (The Housekeeper and the Professor)
15.The Reading Life (The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa)
36.Rise (Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse)
57.kiss a cloud (The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away by Kenzaburo Oe)
16.The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura (Winner of the 2011 Oe prize)
37.santurini@ reading buddy (Manazuru)

58.tuesday in silhouette (The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka)
17.The Parrish Lantern( Post- War Japanese Poetry)
38.JoV (South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami)
59.kiss a cloud (Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe)
18.Rise (Snow by Yasunari Kawabata)
39.Tony's Reading List (Flowers of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga)
60.Patty @ A tale of three cities (In a Grove by R. Akutagawa)
19.The Reading Life -The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
40.disttorted (Promenade of the Gods)
61.Tony's Reading List (When I Whistle by Shusaku Endo)
20.Tony's Reading List (The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori)
41.JoV (The Sound of Waves and Thousand Cranes)
21.Beth DiIorio - The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
42.The Parrish Lantern. The Art of Haiku: Its history


  1. Looking forward to joining this challenge again. I've had a slow reading year so I'm not sure how many I'll be reading but I'm sure I can read one Japanese novel in the next 6 months. Now, I just have to decide which one.

  2. this is the first of three posts I have had on my challenges page, since the last challenge waiting for this day.

  3. my second book is one that the very idea of screams horror and yet where there is humanity, there is humour- where there is life you’ll find hope.

  4. this is a more general post about Japanese Sci Fi. Not something I read a lot of but a new avenue to explore in my understanding of Japanese writers, which thanks to you & this challenge is slowly improving.

  5. This is one, that has always had this wonderful challenge in mind.

  6. My first book for this year's challenge - a true pioneer :)

  7. wow, we have here 2 French Emmas, blogging in English!! glad I always sign Emma @ Words And Peace, lol

  8. I just posted an excerpt from the book I'm reading for this challenge...

  9. A collection of odds and ends ;)

  10. An excellent book from a hitherto unknown writer (to me, at least!).

  11. Two reviews in one! The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima and Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata. Thanks for hosting Bellezza. :)

  12. this ones full title is - The Art of Haiku: Its history through Poems and Paintings of Japanese Masters by Stephen Addiss.

  13. I'm afraid I did not choose the right book to start this challenge: Murakami's 1Q84 did not appeal to me at all. However, I remain excited about all the other books ahead of me in this challenge! Thanks for hosting!

  14. Hi Meredith :)

    Could you remove 2 of my posts which I messed up: # 30 and # 44
    Thank-you :)

  15. grrrrrrrrrrrrr :) and # 45...for some reason it takes me to the old address.

    The last post is correct :D

  16. "Piercing" by Ryu Murakami is my 6th book for this challenge, and it is shocking, yet amazing!

  17. The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto by Kenji Nakagami, is not your sedate Japanese tale

  18. Hello! Using this to force myself to finish 1Q84, and read some other Murakamis that have been sitting on my shelf.
    Wanted to read some Mishima as well, but now is not an ideal time to be adding more books to my tbr ;)

    1. Sorry, wrong link in the Mister Linky:


  19. Apologies! - forgot to add the book title to my link, I've just finished reading Natsume Soseki's Botchan, this seminal Meiji novel has recently been issued as a Penguin Classic.

  20. Another Natsume Soseki title from me :)

  21. My latest J-Lit read...

    ...and watch out for details of my January in Japan mini-challenge ;)

  22. I just posted the link for my first Japanese lit read. For The Tattoo Murder Case. I hope to read more for this challenge.

  23. The first of many for January :)

  24. This book, has your name all over it Bellezza, You'll love it.

  25. Having read four short novels by Kenzaburo Ōe, I'm on the lookout for more. I've also got a couple of other Japanese books lined up for January in Japan. I'll be using these links to get ideas for the future.

  26. Can't find the Linky. Hope you can add me to the list.

    Jim @ Severalfourmany
    Sei Shōnagon’s Makura no Soshi (The Pillow Book)