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JapanVisitor has the largest collection of independent reviews of Japan-related books on the Internet.

We review Japan travel guides, Japanese fiction and fiction with a Japan setting, books on Japanese history, Japanese politics and society, Japanese food and cuisine, architecture and building design in Japan, books on learning the Japanese language (kanji, grammar and dictionaries), books on Japanese art, design and photography, the nature and environment of Japan as well as books covering manga, anime and music both J-pop and traditional.

If you wish to have a title reviewed on JapanVisitor.com please see the contact details at the bottom of this page. In the meantime please browse our categories below to find an interesting book on Japan and Japanese culture.

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Travel Guides: Japan - Lonely Planet Guides, Rough Guides, Insight Guides, Time Out, AA Books, Dave Barry, Kodansha, Donald Richie etc

Travel Guides: Japan #2 - Ryokan, Country Inns, Lonely Planet Guides, Maps, Tokyo, Kyoto

Japanese Fiction - Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami, Ryu Murakami, Yasunari Kawabata, Natsuo Kirino, Susanna Jones, Arthur Golden, Isaac Adamson etc

Japanese Fiction #2 - Akimitsu Takagi, Peter Tasker, Yukio Mishima, Natsume Soseki, Junichiro Tanazaki, Genicihiro Takahashi, Peter Carey, Kenzo Kitakata etc

Japanese Fiction #3 - Kenzaburo Oe, Shusaku Endo, Susan Barker, Yasunari Kawabata, Shuhei Fujisawa etc

Japanese Fiction #4 - Kenji Nakagami, Katie Kitamura, Senji Kuroi, Hideo Okubo, Abigail Friedman

Japanese Fiction #5 - Yasuyuki Kasai, Yukio Mishima, Suzanne Kamata, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Japanese Fiction #6 - David Peace, David Mitchell, Malcolm Birkin, Robert W. Norris

Japanese Children's Books - Yoriko Tsutsui, Dick Cole, Allen Say, Jennifer Reed, Pamela Turner, and many classic folk tales

An Introduction to Japanese Crime Fiction - Matsumoto Seicho, Kirino Natsuo, Miyuki Miyabe, Akimitsu Takagi etc

Amazon Japan Shop - Anime, Books, DVDs and Manga from Amazon

Japanese History Books - Edward Seidensticker, Isabella Bird, Lafcadio Hearn, Katsu Kokichi, John S. Brownlee, Sterling & Peggy Seagrave, Frederick L. Schodt, Donald Keene etc

Japanese History Books #2 - F. G. Notehelfer, Francis Hall, Isaac Titsingh, Carl Peter Thunberg, Timon Screech

Books on Japanese Politics & Society - Ian Buruma, Alex Kerr, Ivan P. Hall, Karel van Wolferen, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Norma Field, Robert Whiting, David E. Kaplan & Alec Dubro etc

Books on Japanese Politics & Society #2 - Donald Richie, Boye Lafayette de Mente, Mikiso Hane, Ruth Benedict, David Matsumoto, Anne Allison, Laurie Anne Freeman, Inazo Nitobe etc

Books on Japanese Politics & Society #3 - Chie Nakane, Mark Schreiber, Tomothy Craig, Merry White, Mike Millard, Karin Muller, Shintaro Ishihara, Takashi Inoguchi etc

Books on Japanese Politics & Society #4 - Ian Buruma, Tomoko Yamazaki, Veronica Chambers

Books on Japanese Politics & Society #5 - Sumie Kawakami, Mark Weston, Yuiko Fujita

Books on Japanese Politics & Society #6 - Jake Adelstein, Richard Lloyd Parry

Books on Japanese Food - Lonely Planet, Eric Gower, Harumi Kurihara, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Mari Fujii, Theodore C. Bestor, Robb Satterwhite, Hiroko Shimbo etc

Japanese Language Books - Learning Japanese, Kanji, Grammar, Gender, Manga, Literature, Phrasebooks, Particles etc

Japanese Culture Books - Stereotypes, code words, society, women, wa

Japanese Culture Books II - Yokai, Yurei, Ninja

Japanese Art & Design - Japanese Gardens, Photography, The Arts, Modern Architecture, History of Art, Araki, Isamu Noguchi, Wabi Sabi, Crafts

Japanese Art & Design #2 - Hiroshige, Bonsai, Comic Art, Ceramics, Rings, Japanese Stage, Shibori, RackGaki, Game Design

Japanese Art & Design #3 - Japan's majestic gardens

Japanese Architecture - Japanese Architecture & Building Design, Hotel Design, Castles, Japanese Homes, Working With Small Spaces, Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Fumihiko Maki

Japanese Martial Arts - Japanese Martial Arts - aikido, judo, karate, kendo, stick-fighting, swords

Gay & Lesbian Japan - Gay & Lesbian Japan - sexuality and gender

Japan Nature Books - Japanese Plants, Wild Flowers, Bonsai etc

Japanese Manga - Hayao Miyazaki, Monkey Punch, Osamu Tezuka, Frederik L. Schodt, Akira Toriyama, Masamune Shirow, Takeshi Maekawa, Keiji Nakazawa etc

Japanese Manga #2 - Hayao Miyazaki, Hideshi Hino, Osamu Tezuka, Frederik L. Schodt, Osamu Tezuka, Yozaburo Kanari & Fumiya Sato, Hajime Yadate, Yutaka Nanten & Cain Yuga, Risu Akizuki etc

Japanese Manga #3 - Paul Gravett, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Haruno Nagatomo, Gosho Aoyama, Gerry Poulos, Keiichi Sigsawa, Frank Miller etc

Japanese Animation - Hayao Miyazaki, Barefoot Gen, Appleseed, Yu-gi-oh, Brigadoon, Samurai Girl, Devil Man, and more

Other Books on Japan - Shinto, Baseball, Zen, Shiatsu, Dogs, Edwin Reischauer, New Japanese Film, Hello Kitty, Mark Schilling etc

Other Books on Japan #2 - Haiku, Tea, Great Japanese Movies, Seitai, Haiku

Other Books on Japan #3 - Business, Tea, Cinema, Taiko, Music, Sudoku, Kakuro, Haiku

Japanese Martial Arts - Swords, Sticks, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and lots of mayhem

The Music of Japan - Traditional, J-Pop, Okinawa, Kodo Drummers, Kina Shoukichi & Champloose, Taiko, Nenes, Hikaru Utada, Ayumi Hamasaki

An Interview with David Mitchell - author of Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten & Number 9 Dream

A Selection of Japan-related Short Stories - Court Merrigan, Matthew Walsh

Lafcadio Hearn - Lafcadio Hearn aka Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904) was the foremost Western literary interpreter of Meiji-era Japan

Battle Angel Alita Vols 1-4 - the classic manga series by Yukito Kishiro

Battle Angel Alita Vols 5-9 - the finale of Yukito Kishiro's manga masterpiece

Things Japanese - A collection of short stories (Volume 1) by Stefan Chiarantano and T. Graham Westerlund

Stimulating Conversation: Thinking Critically about Current Issues - A new English language textbook by Greg Goodmacher

Japanese For Daydreamers - a collection of poems by Judy Halebsky

The Beautiful One Has Come - a collection of short stories by Suzanne Kamata

Nutritious Origami - get your children to eat their vegetables with this fun origami book

Tokyo Books - Tokyo city guides, Tokyo history books and Tokyo fiction

Kyoto Books - travel guides to Japan's ancient capital and books on Kyoto's temples and gardens

A Selection of Books on Korea - Travel Guides, Learning Korean, North Korean cinema, Korean Food & Cuisine

A Selection of Books on Iran - Travel Guides, Learning Farsi, Persian Food & Cuisine



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