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Championing the wonders of fiction in translation... ...but quietly (the kids are asleep...).

Nichi-Yōbi News – Sayōnara!

This year, I didn’t have time for the weekly Nichi-Yōbi News round-up, so this is the first outing for Momotarō in 2015 – and it’s to sign off for this year’s edition of January in Japan…Sad as that may be, … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 17 – Keigo Higashino

With January in Japan fast coming to an end, we just have time for one more writer to be inducted into the J-Lit Giants pantheon, and today’s author is a more contemporary choice.  I’m not a huge fan of crime … Continue reading

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Readalong Two: ‘The Sound of the Mountain’ by Yasunari Kawabata

After trying a modern novel for our first group read, it’s time to move on to something  a little more classic for the second one, and Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata is most certainly one of the big names in … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 16 – Mori Ogai

While Natsume Soseki is often regarded as the first great modern Japanese writer, there was one author who preceded him, both in his writing and in his travels abroad.  Louis Bravos, a Melburnian Japanese-to-English translator, uses today’s post to introduce … Continue reading

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Golden Kin-Yōbi: 4 – Pushkin Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of … Continue reading

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J-Lit Giants: 15 – Fumiko Enchi

We’re back with another J-Lit Giant, and today’s post looks at a writer who, while not exactly unknown in the West, still hasn’t got the readership she deserves.  The person attempting to change that is Carola, a Dutch blogger with … Continue reading

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Golden Kin-Yōbi: 3 – Columbia University Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of … Continue reading

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