The Roads to Sata : a 2000 miles journey through Japan, by Alan Booth, Kodansha.
Looking for the Lost, by Alan Booth, Kodansha.
Tokyo Confidential, edited by Mark Schreiber, the East Publications
Other good books related to Japan
"Japan: An Anthology of His Writings on the Country and Its People"
Liza Crihfield Dalby
"The Tale of Murasaki"
Yoshimoto Banana (1964- )
The Tale of Genji ("Genji monogatari"), by Murasaki Shikibu
is Japan's most famous book and the world first novel (written in 1010). A must for everyone interested in Japan, history
Full version (1216pp)
Abridged version (384pp)
The Tale of Heike tells the story of the war between the Taira (Heike) and
Minamoto (Genji) clans in one of Japan's greatest epic.
Bushido: The Soul of Japan ("the way of the warrior"),
by Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933). Written in 1900, it's still the best guide to Japanese ethos, based on Shintoism,
Buddhism, Confucianism and generations of samurai and sages. Inazo compare Japanese values and moral code to Western
ones from Ancient Greece and the Bible to modern philosophers.
The Questia Online Library
offers thousands of free books, journals, newspapers, magazines and enyclopedia articles on any subjects. Search
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Other online readings
This site is a guided tour through Tsugaru (Aomori Prefecture), based on the famous, highly autobiographical
travelogue by Osamu Dazai. Learn about the writer and his native region.
"I worked as a modern-style geisha and learned how to fake being in love, but after becoming addicted
to the attention, I learned that the money wasn't worth destroying my soul."