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Reading List (Japan)

Here are our favourite book recommendations to read before, during or after your travels to Japan.

  • Tale of Genji – Lady Murasaki
  • Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
  • Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • Shogun – James Clavell
  • The Waiting Years – Fumiko Enchi
  • In Praise of Shadows – Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
  • The Diving Pool – Yoko Ogawa
  • Rice, Noodle, Fish – Matt Goulding
  • Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook – Mark Robinson
  • Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen – Elizabeth Andoh
  • Tokyo Geek’s Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Japan’s Otaku Culture – Gianni Simone
  • Geisha, 25th Anniversary Edition – Liza Dalby
  • Zen and Japanese Culture – D.T. Suzuki
  • The Power to Compete – Hiroshi Mikitani and Ryoichi Mikitani
  • The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan – Ivan Morris
  • Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan – Herbert P. Bix
  • The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi – William Scott Wilson
  • Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan – Donald Keene
  • Japan at War: An Oral History – Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook
  • Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima – Stephen Walker
  • Hitching Rides with Buddha – Will Ferguson
  • The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 – Donald Richie
  • Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan – Alex Kerr
  • The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon – Sei Shonagon
  • The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa Robert Hass
  • The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture – Roger J. Davies and Osamu Ikeno