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1 Ashizawa, Ethne Where Hydrangeas Grow
Carnegie Publishing 1996 1858214106 / 9781858214108 1st Edition Hardcover F/F 
A highly collectible first edition/printing,(inscribed by the author) a tig ht clean copy protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclippe d dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. 
Price: 1700.00 JPY
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Voice of the Sword: Book One of the "Sword, Mirror, Jewel" Trilogy, Catton, John Paul
2 Catton, John Paul Voice of the Sword: Book One of the "Sword, Mirror, Jewel" Trilogy
WinstonSaintPress 2012 4990632036 / 9784990632038 Paperback As New 
Book 1 of a brand-new YA urban fantasy series! 17-year-old Reiko Bergman th ought she had her hands full with exam stress and adjusting to life in mode rn Tokyo after 5 years in the USA - but her boyfriend has been possessed by a shadow-demon from another dimension, and creatures from Japanese mytholo gy are stalking the corridors of her school ... Her next lesson will be in a brand new subject: survival. 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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3 Chiyo, Uno Story of a Single Woman
Kodansha Europe 0804819017 / 9780804819015 1st Edition Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean Charles E Tuttle 1993 First Edition Soft Cover (not ex-lib) 
Price: 1400.00 JPY
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Golden Country, Endo, Shusaku
4 Endo, Shusaku Golden Country
Peter Owen Ltd 1989 0720607582 / 9780720607581 Hardcover Good/Good 
Tr. from the Japanese by F. Mathy. The events described in this play take p lace in 1633, 100 years after Christianity was introduced to Japan, by whic h time Japanese Christians were being cruelly persecuted by the government. The central character is a Portuguese Jesuit missionary. Given shelter by a Christian farming community, Father Ferreira is besieged by everyone for help, even by one of his chief persecutors. Eventually Ferreira leaves his faith. A moving problem play that explores the disparity between Eastern an d Western attitudes and the inner struggle that this must lead to in active Christians such as himself""-Far Eastern Economic Review. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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5 Hino, Keizo Isle of Dreams
Dalkey Archive Press 2010 156478603X / 9781564786036 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Hino's novels have been compared to the work of J. G. Ballard. Available for the first time in English: his masterpiece "Island of Dreams." 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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6 Hirahara, Naomi Summer of the Big Bachi
Dell 2008 0440241545 / 9780440241546 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American ga rdener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. Bu t while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he on ce hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi-the spirit of retribution-is knocking on his door. It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Mas's own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powe rful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and a bout what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945. A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.'s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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7 Ikenami, Shotaro Bridge of Darkness: The Return of the Master Assassin
Kodansha International 1993 4770017286 / 9784770017284 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, no inscriptions. 
Price: 4000.00 JPY
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8 Ishiguro, Kazuo Never Let Me Go
Faber And Faber Ltd. 2015 0571272134 / 9780571272136 Paperback Very Good 
A New York Times Bestselling Author From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day comes a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love. A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance - and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro's finest work. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Socrates In Love, Katayama, Kyoichi
9 Katayama, Kyoichi Socrates In Love
VIZ Media LLC 2008 1421513927 / 9781421513928 Paperback Very Good 

Price: 500.00 JPY
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10 Kirino, Natsuo GROTESQUE.
Imprint unknown 2008 0099520834 / 9780099520832 Paperback Very Good 
Natsuo Kirino made a spectacular fiction debut on these shores with the pub lication of Edgar Award-nominated Out ("Daring and disturbing . . . Prepare d to push the limits of this world . . . Remarkable"-Los Angeles Times). Un animously lauded for her unique, psychologically complex, darkly compelling vision and voice, she garnered a multitude of enthusiastic fans eager for more. In her riveting new novel Grotesque, Kirino once again depicts a barely kno wn Japan. This is the story of three Japanese women and the interconnectedn ess of beauty and cruelty, sex and violence, ugliness and ambition in their lives. Tokyo prostitutes Yuriko and Kazue have been brutally murdered, their death s leaving a wake of unanswered questions about who they were, who their mur derer is, and how their lives came to this end. As their stories unfurl in an ingeniously layered narrative, coolly mediated by Yuriko's older sister, we are taken back to their time in a prestigious girls' high school-where a strict social hierarchy decided their fates-and follow them through the y ears as they struggle against rigid societal conventions. Shedding light on the most hidden precincts of Japanese society today, Grotesque is both a psychological investigation into the female psyche and a classic work of noir fiction. It is a stunning novel, a book that confirms Natsuo Kirino's electrifying gifts. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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The Sunken Temple, Kizaki, Satoko
11 Kizaki, Satoko The Sunken Temple
Kodansha International (JPN) 1994 4770016794 / 9784770016799 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A turbulent novel of suspense set in a rural temple town on the Japan Sea, and an incisive psychological examination of the essential instability of a spiritual life that denies the power of flesh. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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Passover, Kometani, Fumiko
12 Kometani, Fumiko Passover
Carroll & Graf 1989 0881845094 / 9780881845099 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 

Price: 600.00 JPY
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13 Minakami, Tsutomu The Temple of Wild Geese and Bamboo Dolls of Echizen
Dalkey Archive Press 2008 1564784908 / 9781564784902 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. The Temple of the Wild Geese, a semi-autobiographical account of Mizukami's childhood, tells the tale of Jinen, a Buddhist monk raised by villagers after his mother, a beggar, abandoned him. Sent to live at a temple at the age of ten, his resentment smolders for years until it explodes in a shocking climax. In Bamboo Dolls of Echizen, no woman is willing to marry the diminutive Kisuke, a bamboo artisan, until Tamae, a prostitute, comes to pay her respects at the grave of Kisuke's father. In Tamae, Kisuke sees shadows of his own mother, who died when he was young, and the two eventually marry. Since Kisuke seeks only motherly affection from Tamae, the two never become lovers. Instead, Tamae devotes herself to caring for Kisuke as a mother would, and he thrives as a renowned maker of bamboo dolls. 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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14 Nakayama, Chinatsu Behind the Waterfall
Virago Press Ltd 1990 1853812692 / 9781853812699 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Three novellas from a contemporary Japanese writer who is also a member of the Japanese parliament. A child actress struggles to comprehend the mysterious motives of the adults around her, a young wife is caught in a romantic triangle and the final story concerns an afternoon television programme. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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15 Natsume, Soseki Kokoro
Tuttle Publishing 1983 4805301619 / 9784805301616 Paperback Near Fine 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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Light and Darkness, Natsume, Soseki
16 Natsume, Soseki Light and Darkness
Charles E. Tuttle Company 1986 480530278X / 9784805302781 Paperback Very Good 
Minor wear to cover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: An unfinished novel by Sohseki Natsume; translated from the Japanese, with a critical essay by V.H. Viglielmo 
Price: 1800.00 JPY
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17 Oda, Makoto The Bomb
Kodansha America 1990 0870119818 / 9780870119811 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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The Tale of Genji: A Reader's Guide, Puette, William J.
18 Puette, William J. The Tale of Genji: A Reader's Guide
Tuttle Publishing 2004 0804833311 / 9780804833318 Paperback Near Fine 
The 11th century epic The Tale of Genji is rightly considered to be one of the finest works of writing and is, according to Nobel laureate Yasunari Ka wabata, the highest pinnacle of Japanese literature. Filled with sparkling poetry and imaginative wordplay, it follows the myriad adventures of Genji, an illegitimate son of the Emperor, blessed with great beauty and talent. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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The Tale of Genji, Shikibu, Murasaki
19 Shikibu, Murasaki The Tale of Genji
Tuttle Publishing 2011 4805308729 / 9784805308721 Paperback Very Good 
Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and even Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel-and after more than a millennium, th is seminal work continues to enchant readers throughout the world. Lady Mur asaki Shikibu and her tale's hero, Prince Genji, have had an unmatched infl uence on Japanese culture. Prince Genji manifests what was to become an ima ge of the ideal Heian era courtier; gentle and passionate. Genji is also a master poet, dancer, musician and painter. The Tale of Genji follows Prince Genji through his many loves, and varied passions. This book has influence d not only generations of courtiers and samurai of the distant past, but ar tists and painters even in modern times-episodes in the tale have been inco rporated into the design of kimonos and handicrafts, and the four-line poem s called waka which dance throughout this work have earned it a place as a classic text in the study of poetry. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text, making it perfect for readers with limited time. 
Price: 1900.00 JPY
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Rotary Sushi: Many Kinds of Stories, Wright, Hillel
20 Wright, Hillel Rotary Sushi: Many Kinds of Stories
Printed Matter Press, Tokyo 2004 4900178225 / 9784900178229 Paperback Very Good 
Hillel Wright is a product of the 60s and 70s. American, Canadian, hippie, wastrel, womanizer, fisherman, poet, teacher and masterful story teller. Th is book takes stories from all eras and most recently from his Japan period and adds one translation by Mihoro Kizuki. 
Price: 2500.00 JPY
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