Best Japanese Books To Read

10 Best Japanese Books To Read

These are lots of authors in Japanese literature. If you are searching for the best books in Japanese literature, you are in the right place. Let’s check out the books list.

1. I Am a Cat (吾輩は猫である)

Natsume Soseki was a famous Japanese novelist. I Am a Cat is one of his best books. Graeme Wilson and Aiko Ito translated this book into English. This book, considered one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature, is a comic masterpiece. The story of this book sets in Tokyo before World War 1. The central character of this story is the author’s cat.

2. Kokoro

Popular Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s second most famous book is Kokoro. Edwin McClellan translated this book into English. This book first published in 1914. The story of this book is about an unnamed protagonist. He meets his mentor, whom he refers to as Sensei. I hardly suggest this book to the readers.

3. The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 与謝野晶子訳)

The Tale of Genji considered one of the best and well-known novels of Japanese literature. The famous female Japanese author Murasaki Shikibu wrote this book. This book first published in the early years of the 11th century. This book divided into 50 parts. The Tale of Genji is a popular Japanese novel series. This book translated into English by Royall Tyler.

4. Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is a well known Japanese novel by eminent Japanese literature author Haruki Murakami. The primary character of this book is Toru. She is a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo. Jay Rubin translated this book into English.

5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (ねじまき鳥クロニクル)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle novel wrote by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. This book first published in 1994. Jay Rubin translated this book into English. This book is a science genre book. Toru Okada, May Kasahara, Noboru Wataya, Lieutenant Mamiya, and Kumiko Okada are the leading character of this book.

6. Snow Country

Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata wrote the Snow Country novel. Kawabata was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his great work. Edward G. Seidensticker translated this book into English.

7. Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami is one of the best Japanese authors, and Kafka on the Shore is one of his great works. This book first published in 2002. In 2005, this book has translated into English by Philip Gabriel and received the World Fantasy Award in 2006.

8. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a popular Japanese novel by the famous Japanese author Yukio Mishima. This book first published in 1956 and translated into English in 1959 by Ivan Morris. The story of this book is about a young Buddhist acolyte. I hope you will enjoy this book.

9. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Eminent Japanese author Yukio Mishima wrote The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea novel. This novel first published in Japanese in 1963. And then this book translated into English by John Nathan in 1965.

10. The Woman in the Dunes

The Woman in the Dunes is a famous novel in Japanese literature. Famous Japanese writer Kobo Abe wrote this book. This book first published in 1962. The author received the Yomiuri Prize in 1962 for research. English translation copy of this book also adapted into a film.

You will get the PDF copies of these books over the internet. I hope you will enjoy these books.

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