Sunday Salon: As We Look Forward to June

Thomas, of My Porch, brings us Barbara Pym reading week from June 1 through June 8, 2013. I’m hoping to read both A Glass of Blessings and Excellent Women.
Yet as eager as I am to delve into Pym Week, I’m even more excited for the beginning of the Japanese Literature Challenge 7. The welcome post will go up on Saturday, June 1, giving more specifics about the challenge as well as a truly thrilling list of suggested reads offered up by not only myself but by previous participants as well.
Here is the button which I’ve prepared using the kiri-e done by artist Aki Sogabe.:

I love the mood of it: a little camping site on a wooded hill underneath the sliver of  moon. “What does it have to do with books?” you might ask. But, of course! Who doesn’t take a good book with them on a camping trip?!
The books I’m pondering include:
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Supermarket by Satoshi Azuki (a modern classic)
Stationmaster by Jiro Asada (won Naoki Award in 1997)
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon (a major work of classic Japanese literature)
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto (“enchanting and surreal”)
First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata (a collection of stories evoking a Japanese atmosphere)
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (a short story anthology spanning over 200 years)
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (five stories of music and nightfall)
The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa (a slice of life)
Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari (a mystery)

Have I piqued your interest in reading Japanese literature with us? I certainly hope so!

14 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: As We Look Forward to June”

  1. I have my intro post all written and ready to publish (probably on the 2nd – which will still probably be the 1st where you are!). I've got a few links to my most recent J-Lit posts and a few names of writers I'll be trying over the next seven months…

    …I won't be revealing everything though 😉


  2. Is it a Norwegian wood? :)) Since the summer holiday is approaching I am sure I will have plenty of time to read even more Japanese literature… YAAAY 🙂


  3. What an interesting challlenge! Would The Hunt and The Prey by Andrew Fukada count? I love the cover and title of A Glass of Blessings. That's quite a stash of books. Did you buy them all?


  4. Bellezza, we have ESP, because those are the two Pym books I have and that I was considering reading for the challenge. Although I feel so bogged down right with books, that I may just read one Pym and unofficially post about it 🙂 As for the button you have created for JLC7 – I LOVE IT! And that pile of books – WOW! I knew Murakami would be included in the pile 😉 He's going to be included in mine, too. And I've jotted down the Yoshimoto book and the Supermarket – both sound intriguing. I'm excited for your challenge and can't wait! Oh, and enjoy Pym!!


  5. I'm looking forward to joining you again and hopefully will read more Japanese books this year! I too bought a copy of Taroko Gorge a few months ago (when I visited the Strand Bookstore in NY) so may join you in reading that!


  6. Wow, what a pretty stack! I tried to buy Nocturnes in Tokyo but husband said, “No, you can get that in the U.S.,” which is true. But, I wanted to read it RIGHT THEN. Still haven't gotten a copy. I've got Asleep, though, so maybe I'll read that. Need to find it, first. We're going to have Kiddo's girlfriend living with us, this summer, and she said she'll help me unload. Fingers crossed she's a good helper. I've got to get my personal library in order. In the old house, I knew where all my books were. Here . . . sigh. No idea.


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