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My notes regarding some books with Japan/Japanese relation.

  • Giles Murray: “Breaking into Japanese Literature-Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text”
    • ISBN-13: 9784770028990
    • A great book for reading 7 interesting parts of Japanese Literature. Below each Japanese part English translation, also English translations for the Kanji are available. I still find the texts more readable online using the rikaichan/rikaisama plugins, that's more fluent for me.
  • Janet Ashby: “Read Real Japanese All You Need to enjoy eight contemporary writers”
    • ISBN: 4-7700-2936-51
    • Another book with Japanese literature and English translations, haven yet read it.
  • Ruth Benedict: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
    • ISBN-13: 978-0618619597
    • Quite interesting read on Japanese live and thinking. This was created when WW2 started, trying to grasp Japanese spirit without beeing able to visit the country any more directla.
  • Nihon Keizai Shinposha: “Manga Nihon Keizai Zeminaru”, Manga version (ISBN-13: 978-4532087579)
  • van Wolferen: “The Enigma of Japanese Power” (ISBN-13: 978-0679728023)
  • John W. Dower: “Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II” (ISBN-13: 978-0393320275)
  • John Benson: “Eyewitness Travel Guide. Japan”, 15€, (ISBN-13: 978-1405339131)
  • Jan Dodd: “The Rough Guide to Japan 4”, 15€, (ISBN-13: 978-1843539193)
  • 星新一: ボッコちゃん (新潮文庫)
  • 吉本ばなな
  • 赤川次郎「記念写真」:短編集で、とてもいい作品が入っています。最初の話「記念写真」はもう読んだことがあります
  • 川上弘美「パスタマシーンの幽霊」:短編集で、読みやすいです
  • 山田詠美「ぼくは勉強ができない」:とてもいい日本の現代小説です
  • 「おとなのための小学校国語の教科書傑作集」:日本人はみんな知っているので、いいトピックになります
  • 「迷える者の禅修行 ドイツ人僧侶が見た日本仏教」:すごく面白かったですが、ちょっと難しいかもしれません。
  • 村上春樹:スプートニクの恋人 (Haruki Murakami: Sputnik sweetheart)
  • Ian Buruma: Wages of Guilt, on german and japanese views on the war. comments from Norbert Preining


* – Aozora, project to offer free Japanese texts. Very nice, android app exists

languages/japanese/books.txt · Last modified: 2022/01/10 10:56 by chris