Saturday, June 27, 2009
If you would like to join, or follow, the Japanese Literature Challenge 3 you're just in time. It begins July 30th, 2009. As soon as the challenge begins, I will post the new review site here as well as on my regular blog.
Until then, you can begin choosing some books you'd like to read listed here.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The Japanese literature challenge 2 has officially ended. However, please feel free to continue to write posts for any more Japanese literature you have read.
Feel free to peruse this blog for ideas to read further in this genre.
Feel free to join in the next time it comes around: July, 2009.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel-mine and coming out with empty hands." (Japanese proverb)
"An accomplishment sticks to a person," (Japanese proverb) and so without further ado:
Prize #1: Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto (donated by Terri B.) goes to Nymeth!
Prize #2: Coin Locker Babies goes to Chris at Stuff as Dreams Are Made On!
Prize #3: "The Wave" notebook, set of cards, and froggie origami goes to Iliana!
Prize #4: two CDs of Japanese music go to Tanabata!
Prize #8: The DHC catalogue, with accompanying samples and olive soap, go to Madeleine!
Prize #9: Tanabata's lovely Japanese calendar goes to Raidergirl 3!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I, unfortunately, am not one of them. I just couldn't get on track for a couple of my challenges, which has led me to shy away from challenges this year. But, Bellezza, if and when you do JLC3, I'll give it another shot because I still have these wonderful books that I truly want to read!
Again, congratulations to you all!
My favorites were The Housekeeper and the Professor and Fear and Trembling. Fear and Trembling was not technically Japanese, but it was set in Japan and had a lot to say about Japanese culture. I loved both of these books! I also read two mangas, a Japanese vampire book, and a book by a Nobel laureate. I'm very happy with the books I read, and I continue to be very much interested in both Japanese books and movies. Thanks, Bellezza, and I look forward to the next challenge as well!
Books I read:
- X-Kai by Asami Tohjoh
- Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
- Thousand Cranes by Kawabata
- X-Kai- Vol. 2 by Asami Tohjoh
- Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb (originally in French but set in Japan)
Japanese movies I watched:
Saturday, January 31, 2009
What I really love about Murakami is his writing. This is how he described a smile: “The hint of a smile played about his lips, as if he had just heard a joke and was smiling now in the most natural way. Nor had the joke been a vulgar one: it was the kind of elegant pleasantry that the minister of foreign affairs might have told the crown prince at a garden party a generation ago, causing the surrounding listeners to titter in delight.” Most authors would just call it a smile but Murakami draws a vivid picture. I also love the crazy characters and the way you never know exactly what is going to happen because reality as we know it does not apply in a Murakami novel (the New York Times review called the novel Kafkaesque). I have read some reviews that said they didn’t like the ambiguous ending but I like to be left guessing about what happens after the novel ends. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. While I like Kafka on the Shore better because I liked the main character more, this was a great read and I will certainly continue to read Murakami.