The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

A major new anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story collection, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Curated by Jay Rubin (who has himself freshly translated several of the stories) and introduced by A major new anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This fantastically varied and ...

DownloadRead Online
Title:The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
Author:Jay Rubin
Rating:
Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:0141395621
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:552 pages pages

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories Reviews

  • Stefan Kuschnig
    Dec 06, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

    ...

  • Karen
    Aug 27, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

  • Rachel
    Dec 18, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

  • Melissa
    Dec 23, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Mike
    Oct 04, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

  • L S Popovich
    Sep 27, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

  • Chad Clark
    Jan 25, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Andrew
    Oct 02, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

  • Claire
    Oct 13, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

  • Debumere
    Feb 14, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

  • Greg
    Nov 14, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

  • Katelijne Sommen
    Nov 01, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

  • Pyramids Ubiquitous
    Oct 21, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

  • Suren
    Jan 06, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Duncan Chappell
    Sep 23, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

  • Nabilah Firdaus
    Feb 13, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

  • Monique Piquet
    Oct 30, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Joseph Clarke
    Jan 27, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Justyna Szumiec
    Feb 15, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

  • Shivani Maurya
    Oct 08, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

  • Srinath Sundareswaran
    Oct 15, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Nick Harris
    Jan 16, 2019

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

  • Emmett Mottl
    Sep 01, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

  • Jerry Pogan
    Sep 28, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

  • josé almeida
    Sep 27, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

  • Gavin
    Nov 13, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

  • Ella Eyckmans
    Sep 09, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • rrrat ratt
    Oct 07, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

  • Callum
    Oct 09, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sweet, powerful short stories - with Japanese translations - allowing for bilinguals to test out their knowledge. Would recommend. ...

  • Sawyer
    Nov 09, 2018

    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...

    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...

    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...

    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...

    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...

    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...

    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...

    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...

    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...

    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...

    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...

    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...

    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...

    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...

    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...

    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...

    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...

    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...

    ...

    ...

    ...