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Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale

Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale

Ningen-isu Rampo kitan / 人間椅子 乱歩奇譚

Shiro Kuro

The body of a young teacher named Okumura is found dismembered and reassembled in the shape of a chair in a middle-school classroom. One of his students, a fair-faced 13-year-old named Kobayashi, happens ...

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Temple Cuisine

Temple Cuisine

Itsumo no, otera no okazu / いつもの、お寺のおかず

Kakuho Aoe

In Buddhist temples, a monk with the title of tenzo prepares all food dishes every day. The author of this book, one of the most famous tenzo in Japan, introduces over 50 recipes which ...

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Beautiful Smoothies

Beautiful Smoothies

it's mai smoothie / it's MAI SMOOTHIE

Mai Kitamura

Author Mai Kitamura has been uploading photos and recipes of tantalizing fruit and vegetable smoothies to instagram.com/mai_smoothie on a daily basis, and this book brings much of that highly popular content ...

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The Phantom on December 8

The Phantom on December 8

Junigatsu yoka no gen'ei / 十二月八日の幻影

Fuyuaki Jikihara

An intelligent and thrilling entertainment that follows the covert exploits of spies on the eve of hostilities between Japan and the United States in December 1941. Saburō Shiota is an ensign in the Imperial ...

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The Playground of the Gods

The Playground of the Gods

Kamisama-tachi no asobu niwa / 神さまたちの遊ぶ庭

Natsu Miyashita

This book is an account of the year author Natsu Miyashita and her family spent living in the remote mountain village of Tomuraushi in Hokkaido. It was this year-long sojourn surrounded by incomparable ...

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Index

Index

Indekkusu / インデックス

Tetsuya Honda

This volume contains eight short stories that complement author Tetsuya Honda’s best-selling novel series featuring crime fighter Reiko Himekawa. Five of the tales relate cases that Reiko, now 33, undertakes ...

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Scream

Scream

Zekkyo / 絶叫

Aki Hamanaka

In an apartment in suburban Tokyo, the remains of a body are discovered along with a dozen or so cats. All that can be gathered from the scene is the victim’s name, Yoko Suzuki. Whether the death is ...

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Amazing Insects

Amazing Insects

Konchu wa sugoi / 昆虫はすごい

Munetoshi Maruyama

With over a million species identified to date, insects are said to make up more than two-thirds of all living creatures on earth. Though more often than not they are regarded as a lowly form of life and ...

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Hollow Cross

Hollow Cross

Utsuro na jujika / 虚ろな十字架

Keigo Higashino

Freelance writer Sayoko Hamaoka is stabbed to death on the street. Shortly afterward, 68-year-old Sakuzo Machimura turns himself in to the police and confesses to the crime, claiming that he did it for ...

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Forgotten Items for Delivery

Forgotten Items for Delivery

Wasuremono ga todokimasu / 忘れ物が届きます

Kozue Osaki

In this collection of five short mysteries, “Nobara no niwa e (To the Garden of Wild Roses) takes place at a luxurious villa in the old capital of Kamakura, south of Tokyo. Shihoko ...

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How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death

How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death

Yasashii shinigami no kaikata / 優しい死神の飼い方

Mikito Chinen

A fanciful tale in which a dog rescued by a young nurse working for a terminal-care facility becomes a therapy dog for the patients in an unusual way, and also solves an old murder mystery. The dog, a ...

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Carbohydrates Kill: The Bioscience of Low-Carb Diets

Carbohydrates Kill: The Bioscience of Low-Carb Diets

Tansuikabutsu ga jinrui wo horobosu / 炭水化物が人類を滅ぼす

Makoto Natsui

A much-discussed work that sold 200,000 copies and ignited the “low-carb boom” in Japan. The author, a doctor, maintains a low carbohydrate diet himself and squarely refutes rumors that “low-carb ...

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Lost Care

Lost Care

Rosuto kea / ロスト・ケア

Aki Hamanaka

Public prosecutor Hideki Otomo asks his friend Koichiro Sakuma, who works for Forest, a major eldercare chain, for help in finding a high-end facility for his aging father. Forest has been growing rapidly ...

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Blue Murder

Blue Murder

Buruu maadaa / ブルーマーダー

Tetsuya Honda

A year after the events of Inbijiburu rein (Invisible Rain), Reiko Himekawa’s team in Criminal Investigation Division I of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has been disbanded, and Reiko ...

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Rambling Mother

Rambling Mother

Haha-oya uesutan / 母親ウエスタン

Hika Harada

Hiromi drifts from one motherless home to another, serving as a surrogate mother to children whose single fathers—truck drivers, crewmen on far-roaming fishing boats—are away for extended periods of ...

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The Cherry Has Bloomed

The Cherry Has Bloomed

Sakura saku / サクラ咲く

Mizuki Tsujimura

Three linked stories portray the emotional ups and downs of adolescence. In Yakusoku no basho, yakusoku no jikan (Agreed Time, Agreed Place), 13-year-old Yū Kikuchi arrives as a midyear transfer ...

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Creepy

Creepy

Kuripi / クリーピー

Yutaka Maekawa

Who is the person who lives next door? Koichi Takakura is a criminology professor who lives with his wife Yasuko in the suburbs of central Tokyo. Like many married couples, the Takakuras hadn’t given ...

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The Great Passage

The Great Passage

Fune wo amu / 舟を編む

Shion Miura

This million-selling novel follows the lengthy process of compiling a dictionary, bringing a genuine sense of drama to the lives of people who immerse themselves day after day in the constant flux of language. Mitsuo ...

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Refugee in Tokyo

Refugee in Tokyo

Tokyo nanmin / 東京難民

Tetsuzo Fukuzawa

Osamu Tokieda is in his third year at a college on the outskirts of Tokyo. He is revelling in the easy student life, spending time with his girlfriend and earning pocket money at a part-time job, when ...

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Think Again, Jumpei

Think Again, Jumpei

Jumpei, kangae naose / 純平、考え直せ

Hideo Okuda

Jumpei Sakamoto, 21, is a good-natured, bottom-rung foot soldier in a yakuza syndicate that claims the Kabukicho entertainment district near Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station as its territory. He can be quick ...

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