Welcome to the Japanese Literature Challenge 13!

Now it is January; now we officially begin the Japanese Literature Challenge 13.

If you are participating this year, here are the few guidelines:

  • The Challenge runs from January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020
  • In March, there will be a read along of The Makioka Sisters for those who are interested.
  • Read and review one or more books which have originally been written in Japanese.
  • Use #JapaneseLitChallenge13 on Twitter or Instagram (#JLC13 is used for something else).
  • Find an additional resource here.

Because the Linky widget will not work on WordPress, I have created a separate review site for the Japanese Literature Challenge 13. Please go here to leave the links to your reviews.

53 thoughts on “Welcome to the Japanese Literature Challenge 13!

  1. I’m in and have some BIG plans as I only read 1 (yes ONE!) piece of JLit in 2019. No can do. So I plan on participating monthly in the Japanese Literature Bookclub on Goodreads AND in reading along with The Makioka Sisters in March — the book is lying on Mt TBR since I failed a previous read along. Yay!

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    • I am finishing The Starless Sea today, thrn beginning Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World. It will be fun to read his works “together”. I hope you like Remains of The Day. It was one of the few films made from a novel that was worthy, in my opinion

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      • The Remains of the Day will be a re-read for me. I enjoyed it the first time around and I hope that it holds up to a second reading. I’m pretty sure it will. 😉

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    • It wouldn’t be the same without you, Nadia! I have yet to begun a work of Japanese literature myself, and here it is January 10! But, I’ve had two previous commitments to my book clubs, and now that The Starless Sea and The Library Book are read, and reviewed, I can begin the JLC13. I am hungry for Murakami, as always, but I must read something new, too! So glad to have you along, dear friend.

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  7. A bit late to the party I know but count me in. I’m going to start reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage tonight – it’s only the second Murakami novel I’ll have read

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    • I am so glad you are joining on! Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki was one of the Murakami novels I found less obtuse than others; I quite enjoyed it. I hope you do, too! Off to add you to the list of participants on the Review Site. xo

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  8. I’m coming late to the discussion, having just learned of JLC13 from reading Silvia’s blog (what would I do without Silvia? ). I’ve only read a tiny bit of Japanese lit, but really liked my small sample (Banana Yoshimoto’s Asleep; Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki; not sure I understood it, but also liked his 1Q84). This was some time in the past, however. I always meant to read more but . . you can imagine how that went! By sheer chance this month (it was my second read of 2020) I finally got around to Kawabata’s The Snow Country. Being totally unfamiliar with book AND author I didn’t know what to expect. The language, the imagery, the total atmosphere — it was wonderful! Such a brief novel, but one that conveyed so much.
    That being said, I have also tried The Makioka Sisters but, sad to say, didn’t get far. I’ll have to try it again!

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    • I’m so glad you visited here, and that you are enjoying some Japanese literature. The classics, written by such authors as Kawabata and Mishima, are quite fabulous. But, so are the current works being written, to! You said it perfectly, with “the language, the imagery, the total atmosphere…” Perhaps you will join us for The Makioka Sisters in March? If you wish, I will add you to the list of participants on the review site.

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      • That would be great! Perhaps the third time will be the charm for me vis a vis The Makioka Sisters! Also, I’ll plan on participating for at least a book or two in the challenge — I’ve started reading some of the reviews and, as you say, there’s some great contemporary fiction being written (most of the things I’ve seen reviewed are totally unfamiliar to me).

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        • Wonderful! I have added your name/blog to the review site, and I’m so glad to have you join in. We will have a wonderful adventure discovering new (and old) works from Japan!

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  9. I would love to join in this year! Have just finished The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, so this will give me a push to review it before March.
    (I’m also trying to do the TBR20 Challenge so if I make good progress on that, I’ll be able to buy The Makioka Sisters before March. That’s good incentive!)

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