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The Box Man
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72651-4 (0-375-72651-9)


Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Face of Another

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72653-8 (0-375-72653-5)

Like an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis, this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world. The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident—a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kangaroo Notebook
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74663-8 (0-679-74663-3)

In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator of Kangaroo Notebook wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment... Read more >

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The Ruined Map
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72652-1 (0-375-72652-7)

Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secret Rendezvous

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72654-5 (0-375-72654-3)

From the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous, the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital.
From the moment that an ambulance appears in the middle of the night to take his wife, who protests that... Read more >

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The Woman in the Dunes

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 16, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73378-2 (0-679-73378-7)

One of the premier Japanese novels of the 20th century, The Woman in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Caring Man

Written by Akira Arai


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-17-9 (1-935654-17-9)

Tokyo, 2011. An unknown terrorist group has destroyed an iconic landmark in the Japanese capital, signaling the start of a series of attacks that the group’s enigmatic leader promises will culminate in a “Final Event” -- a massacre of unprecedented proportions. With no leads to work with aside from the ingeniously... Read more >

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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times
Selected Haiku of Basho
Written by Matsuo Basho
Translated by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96200-3 (0-307-96200-8)

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secrets of Mariko
A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77262-0 (0-679-77262-6)

Following a housewife named Mariko through the course of a year, this remarkable and revealing book offers an intimate look at the emotional, spiritual, and social lives of Japanese women and men.  Elisabeth Bumiller, a reporter for The Washington Post, somehow managed to break through Mariko's instinctive reserve and, in observing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tale of Murasaki
A Novel
Written by Liza Dalby


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49795-4 (0-385-49795-4)

The sensitive and modest daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu staves off loneliness with her active imagination, telling stories about the dashing Prince Genji to her close friends. At first, they are their private entertainment, but soon Genji's amorous adventures are leaked to the public and Murasaki is thrust... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Haiku Mind
108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart
Written by Patricia Donegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-758-8 (1-59030-758-5)

Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment–and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Masks

Written by Fumiko Enchi


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1983
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72218-4 (0-394-72218-3)

Mieko Togano, a highly cultivated, seemingly serene, but frustrated and bitter woman in her fifties, manipulates for her own bizarre purposes the relationship between her widowed daughter-in-law and that woman's two suitors.

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No Longer Human, part 1

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-19-3 (1-935654-19-5)

In honor of the 100th birthday of Osamu Dazai, Usamaru Furuya retells Dazai’s most important work No Longer Human in modern day Tokyo where modern vices can bring ruin to the self-loathing.

Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s... Read more >

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No Longer Human, part 2

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-22-3 (1-935654-22-5)

In honor of the 100th birthday of Osamu Dazai, Usamaru Furuya retells Dazai’s most important work No Longer Human in modern day Tokyo where modern vices can bring ruin to the self-loathing.

Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s... Read more >

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Memoirs of a Geisha
A Novel
Written by Arthur Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78158-5 (0-679-78158-7)

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Color of the Sea

Written by John Hamamura


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38607-6 (0-307-38607-4)

Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam... Read more >

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-425-9 (1-59030-425-X)

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >

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Zen Poems

Edited by Peter Harris


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40552-5 (0-375-40552-6)

The appreciation of Zen philosophy and art has become universal, and Zen poetry, with its simple expression of direct, intuitive insight and sudden enlightenment, appeals to lovers of poetry, spirituality, and beauty everywhere. This collection of translations of the classical Zen poets of China, Japan, and Korea includes the work of... Read more >

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The Ink Dark Moon
Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Ja pan
Translated by Jane Hirshfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72958-7 (0-679-72958-5)

One thousand years ago the Heian court of Imperial Japan was one of the most sophisticated cultures on earth. The literature of that classical age is the only one in which the predominant geniuses were women; among the foremost were the two translated in this volume. Ranging from the deeply erotic... Read more >

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The Hunting Gun

Written by Yasushi Inoue
Translated by Michael Emmerich


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Pushkin Press
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-78227-001-0 (1-78227-001-9)

The Hunting Gun follows the consequences of a tragic love affair. Told from the viewpoints of three different women, this is a story of the psychological impact of illicit love. First viewed through the eyes of Shoko, who learns of the affair through reading her mother's diary, then through the eyes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Artist of the Floating World

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72266-3 (0-679-72266-1)

Ono, an artist who had put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II, struggles through the devastation of that war. His memories of his youth and of the "floating world"--the nocturnal realm of pleasure, entertainment, and drink--offer him both escape and redemption... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Never Let Me Go

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7877-6 (1-4000-7877-6)

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.

As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where... Read more >

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Never Let Me Go

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4339-2 (1-4000-4339-5)

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.

As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where... Read more >

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A Pale View of Hills

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72267-0 (0-679-72267-X)

The highly acclaimed first novel by the author of The Remains of the Day and Artist of the Floating World, A Pale View of Hills is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her eldest daughter. In a story where... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Remains of the Day

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73172-6 (0-679-73172-5)

Winner of the Booker Prize

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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