This afternoon I received an email inquiring about the Japanese Literature Challenge which I have hosted every year since 2006, but have not announced this year. I wasn’t sure that there was interest enough in reading Japanese Literature for the tenth year in a row, but even if there are only two or three of us, that’s enough for me.
Typically, the event has run from June through January, with the idea being that participants would read at least one work of Japanese literature in that six month period. It can be classical or contemporary, mystery or thriller, and when my friend from Parrish Lantern was blogging, we even included poetry. The only requirement is that the author must be Japanese.
I will not host another review site this year. Instead, I will place a link to this post, and the challenge button, on the bottom of my blog. Then, I will add links to your reviews underneath the button as you leave them in the comment section of this post (or, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). There is also a link in the menu section at the top of my blog which I will keep updated with your reviews as well.
I have several books I’ve been meaning to read myself. The classical ones include:
- Seven Japanese Tales by Junichiro Tanizaki
- The Sea of Fertility tetralogy by Yukio Mishima (Spring Snow, The Temple of Dawn, Runaway Horses, and The Decay of The Angel)
I have a few I have been saving of Haruki Murakami’s work, including:
A few also await me from Soseki Natsume:
Finally, I am passionate about Japanese thrillers, and I’m so looking forward to this latest release from Fuminori Nakamura, The Kingdom.
Coming up with a title of your own may be difficult, in which case you may wish to refer to a suggested reading list I’ve put together from all the years of the challenge.
So, are you ready to pick up something Japanese and read it by January, 2017? If so, please tell us what it is you are thinking of reading and feel free to place the button on your blog.
幸せな読書 (Happy reading!)
Participants in the Japanese Literature Challenge 10:
Jacqui of Jacqui Wine’s Journal
Gary formerly of Parrish Lantern
Ally of Snow Feathers
Lory of Emerald City Book Review
Edith of Edith’s Miscellany
Melissa of The Bookbinder’s Daughter
Nadia of A Bookish Way of Life
Frances of Nonsuch Book
Rare Bird at a murder of crows
Juliana at the [blank] garden
Suko at Suko’s Notebook
Emma at Book Around The Corner
Helen at a gallimaufry
Vishy at Vishy’s Blog
Kelly at Orange Pekoe Reviews
Chris at thebooktrunkblog
Mae at Mae’s Food Blog
Tamara at Thyme for Tea