10 of the best books set in Japan – that will take you there

1 week ago

These great novels – featuring Murakami and Murata – uncover the mystery of Japan in a way ‘documentarists about families living with robots’ never will • In the series: Ireland | Spain | Portugal | India

When Japan was forced to “open up” in 1853 following more than 200 years of its sakoku policy, the country was a mystery to the outside world. In some ways it still is. But as an early adopter of western things, from ideas to clothes, it is easy to see Japan as a familiar place. Even its unfamiliarity – Shinto shrines, sumo bouts – is recognisable as “Japan” nowadays. What is less recognisable is what Japanese writers say about their own country. Authors – not the documentarists about families living with robots – uncover the mystery. These books speak for a Japan that is often spoken for and about, and speculated about by others; they speak for its history as it unfolded, for its culture as it is practised and its society as lived in and fought against.

Continue reading...
More

Latest Post

Behind Cellar Doors: What Wine Collections Say About US Consumer Interests Right Now
Australia Travel: Why You Face $3000-$5000 Quarantine Bill Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane
The Face of India’s Virus Awareness Campaign Has COVID-19. His VIP Treatment Highlights The Inequality in Healthcare Access
From Test Prep To Active Learning: The El Paso Transformation
Better Not Younger: How This Former C-Suite Left Her Career To Launch A Hair Care Brand For Women Over 40
Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Cover Is Here, and Chainlink Swimwear Has Never Looked So Appealing
Apple allocates its first $400M from $2.5B commitment to address California’s housing crisis
New Study Shows Coronavirus Immunity May Only Last a Few Months
So I had these stairs removed on the side of my house and filled...


Latest Shop