From May 2018 to Apr 2019, the Japan Times ran a very informative and interesting “Works by Japanese Women” series … More
“I’ve known Death a long time, but now Death knows me.” So begins the story of the three Moreau siblings … More
Yoko Ogawa’s writing topics are so diverse. The Housekeeper and the Professor (2003) is a touching story of a professor … More
Modiano never disappoints. In just under 200 pages, his sparse, dreamy and elegiac prose lured us into a suspenseful atmosphere … More
“I am nothing. Nothing but a pale shape, silhouetted that evening against the cafe terrace, waiting for the rain to … More
The novel has 10 chapters, each is told by a female character involved with Yukihiko Nishino at some point in … More
The Passport by the Nobel prize winning author Herta Muller is only 92 pages long but it’s quite a journey! … More
This is a story of resilience, of quiet sacrifices, of delicious food, of enthralling poetry, and of warm hearts and rich emotions. A uniquely beautiful novel.
Masks was written with the underlying motifs of No mask, shamanism, folklore, traditional Japanese theater. There are plenty of discussions about No masks, about spirit possession in the Tale of Genji. There is even an eerie description of a séance in the book.