Japan Book Reviews: Books on Japan
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.
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Japan Book Categories
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
Travel Guides: Japan #3 - Shikoku Pilgrimage, Kyoto Walks, Kyoto Shops, Okinawa
Travel Guides: Japan #4 - Cool Japan, Hiking, World Heritage Sites
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
Two Japanese True Crime History Books by Mark Schreiber: The Dark Side - Infamous Japanese Crimes and Criminals (2001) and Shocking Crimes of Postwar Japan (1996).
The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi - detective stories set in the late Edo Period by Japan's Conan Doyle - Okamoto Kido.
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
Field Of Spears - an investigation of inhumanity and humanity on both sides of the Pacific War after a B-29 bomber crashes in Niigata.
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 & Drink - Lonely Planet, Eric Gower, Harumi Kurihara, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Mari Fujii, Theodore C. Bestor, Robb Satterwhite, Hiroko Shimbo etc
Books on Japanese Food & Drink II - Books on Michelin restaurants in Japan, sake, vegan cookery, washoku and Japanese whisky.
Japanese Language Books - Learning Japanese, Kanji, Grammar, Gender, Manga, Literature, Phrasebooks, Particles etc
Japanese Language Books II - Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook, Essential Japanese, Nihongo Fun & Easy - Survival Japanese Conversation for Beginners, Japanese in Plain English etc
Japanese Culture Books - Stereotypes, code words, society, women, wa
Japanese Culture Books II - Yokai, Yurei, Ninja
Japanese Culture Books III - Japanese dolls
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 art, aesthetics & culture, Tokyo fashion, kimono embroidery, Japanese fabric dyeing, contemporary Japanese artists, Japanese goldfish.
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
Suehiro Maruo - reviews of the works of ero-guro manga artist Suehiro Maruo including The Rose-Colored Monster and The Strange Tale of Panorama Island.
Yoshihiro Tatsumi - manga artist accredited as one of the architects of gekiga ("dramatic pictures") reviews of A Drifting Life and Abandon the Old in Tokyo.
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
Other Books on Japan #4 - Kampo, Swords, Noh, Robotics
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
Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation - a look at the genre of Noise music from Japan.
A Selection of Books on Korea - Travel Guides, Learning Korean, North Korea, North Korean cinema, Korean Food & Cuisine
A Selection of Books on Iran - Travel Guides, Learning Farsi, Persian Food & Cuisine
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