Bookshelf

The list that follows is a small selection of favorites and essentials, roughly organized by literary category and date.

Novels


the Book Of Tea 茶の本 (1906) Okakura Kakuzo
Kappa 河童 (1927) Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Quicksand 卍
(1928-30) Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
In Praise of Shadows 陰翳礼讃  (1933) Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Shorts & Essays


“The Pillow Book” 「枕草子」(1005) Sei Shonagon
“Life of a Sensuous Man” 「好色一代男」 (1682) Ihara Saikaku
“Irezumi” 「刺青」(1910) Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
“Civilization of Modern Japan” (1914) & “My Individualism” (1911) Natsume Soseki
“In a Grove”「 藪の中」 (1922) Akutagawa Ryunosuke
“The Human Chair” 「人間椅子」 (1925) Edogawa Ranpo
“The Red Cocoon” (1925) Abe Kobo
“In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom” (1947) Sakaguchi Ango
“Onnagata” (1957) Mishima Yukio
“Patriotism” (1960) Mishima Yukio
“He-y, Come on Out!” (1978) Hoshi Shin’ichi
“Newlywed” (1991) Yoshimoto Banana

Recommended Anthologies

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (1892-1927) Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Jay Rubin translator
The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature (2011) J. Thomas Rimer, Van C. Gessel editors

Volumes of Poetry


“My Spring”  (1819) Kobayashi Issa
“Howling at the Moon” (1917/1923) Hagiwara Sakitaro
“Kokin wakashu” (905)

Theatre


The Battles of Coxinga (1715) Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Ghost Stories at Yotsuya (1825) Tsuruya Nanu
Hanjo (1955) Mishima Yukio

Manga & Earlier Kasuazoshi


“Playboy, Grilled Edo Style”  (1785) Santo Kyoden, Kitao Masanobu illustrator
A,A’ (1985) Hagio Moto
Ooku: the Inner Chambers V2 (2009) Yoshinaga Fumi
Sakuran (2012) Moyoko Anno

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