Top Five TBRs

Top Five TBR – Japanese Literature

Top Five TBR - Japanese Literature


These are the top five pieces of Japanese literature on my TBR currently, and as I’ve become more interested in books set in Japan, or by Japanese authors recently, I thought I’d talk about them on here. 

1. The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

This is the one I am arguably the most excited for, as I read Tawada’s previous book Memoirs of a Polar Bear last year and enjoyed it. The Last Children of Tokyo is about Yoshiro’s struggle to keep his frail grandson Mumei alive in post-catastrophe Japan. A secret organisation attempts to find a cure, but will it be effective, and will it be in time to save Mumei? This synopsis is both intriguing and mysterious, and therefore, this will most likely be the first book I read from this list. 

Goodreads: The Last Children of Tokyo // Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Book Depository: The Lost Children of Tokyo // Memoirs of a Polar Bear


The Last Children of Tokyo (Top 5)


2. Thirst for Love by Yukio Mishima 

I bought this one because I realised I had been consuming contemporary Japanese literature, but not really any classic literature and I wanted to change this. Yukio Mishima seemed to be the most recommend author, so I looked at various synopses and eventually chose this one. Thirst for Love is about Etsuko, who, subsequent to her husband’s death, moves into her father-in-law’s house. Here she submits to the old man, and falls in love with the servant, both with potentially life-changing consequences.

Goodreads: Thirst for Love

Book Depository: Paperback


Thirst for Love (Top 5)


3. Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

I first became interested in this one when I saw it in The Book Castle’s best fiction books of 2018 video. This piqued my interest, and when I read the synopsis on Goodreads, I was sold. Sweet Bean Paste is about Sentaro, who works in a small shop selling pancakes filled with sweet bean paste. He strikes up a friendship with elderly Tokue, who teaches him more about the craft. Will their friendship redeem them both or are there darker secrets at play? 

Goodreads: Sweet Bean Paste

Book Depository: Paperback


Sweet Bean Paste (Top 5)


4. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

I chose this one, as it seems to be a quaint character study and admittedly also because of the striking pink cover. The Nakano Thrift Shop is about Hitomi, who observes the people who enter the thrift shop she works in. This is the one I know the least about of the five, but I’m still extremely excited to give it a go. 

Goodreads: The Nakano Thrift Shop

Book Depository: Paperback


The Nakano Thrift Shop (Top 5)


5. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Having finished The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in March, I was interested in reading more by Haruki Murakami. I randomly chose this one from his back catalogue to read next. It has been described as a tour de force that follows a man’s descent into and exploration of Tokyo’s underworld. 

Goodreads: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Book Depository: Paperback


Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Top 5)


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