Monday, January 19, 2009

Japanese Literature Challenge 2: Prizes are Coming!

A catalogue from DHC with fourteen samples, including one full size bar of Extra Mild Olive soap,

a Japanese cookbook and a little black dish made with a real Japanese Maple leaf,

a spiral notebook featuring The Wave, a box of 10 notecards, and a package of Froggie Origami,

2 CDs of Japanese music: The Very Best of Japanese Music and Vista (contemporary koto),

two paperback books of Miyuke Miyabe's: All She Was Worth and Crossfire,

an extremely hard to find copy of Haurki Murakami's book Hear The Wind Sing which was written when he was in college, along with two buttons.

So, are you ready to throw your name into the pot? If you've read three Japanese works, please leave a comment below. You have until January 30 to finish the Challenge; I can't wait to hear from you!


DreamQueen said...

Ooh, ooh, I've read 3 Japanese works for this challenge! How will choose where the gifts go? I would love the Miyabe books...Just dropping a little hint. *Embarrassed*

DreamQueen said...

Or the early Murakami book, of course. I *heart* books!

Madeleine said...

Oooooooo! what lovely gifts :D

I read

SNAKES AND EARRINGS by Hitomi Kanehara

BEAUTY AND SADNESS by Yasunary Kawabata

Thank-you for the challenge, hope you hold a 3d one

The Holistic Knitter said...
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The Holistic Knitter said...

Ooh - lovely prizes:
The three I read and completed the challenge with were:
1. Snakes & Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara
2. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
3. Out by Natsuo Kirino
Blog post here:

But then I went on and read more:
4. Strangers by Taichi Yamada
5. Autobiography of a Geisha (Vintage Original) by Sayo Masuda and G.G. Rowley
6. Tokyo by Mo Hayder
7. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
8. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
9. Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology by Hiroaki Sato
10. The Laws of Evening by Mary Yukari Waters
11. The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley
12. The Book of Loss by Julith Jedamus
13. The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
You can see my reviews for these - if I forgot to post them all here- under the Japanese Reading Challenge label on my blog.

I loved the poetry collection.
You've got me hooked on Japanese literature now and I'm eagerly hoping you'll host a 3rd challenge
Many thanks for this one.
I've loved the graphics
Lynda ;0)

Robin said...

Those are great prizes! This was such an enjoyable challenge. I'm already looking forward to your next one! Thanks so much for hosting!

Iliana said...

Ooh what wonderful prizes!

I finally finished my books - Actually, just posted my challenge wrap up :)

I read Out by Natsuo Kirino, The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama and Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.

Thank you so much for hosting the challenge. I so enjoyed my books.

tanabata said...

Those are lovely prizes! The CDs especially sound wonderful! :P

I ended up reading 4 books during the challenge. I've just posted a wrap up here.

Thanks for being such a wonderful host, Bellezza. I also hope there will be a third one.

Tamara said...

I cant wait to hear about the winners! This has been the best reading challenge I've ever done. I've read four and I'm hoping to do my 5th before the end of the month.. I've just done a review of Underground on my bog. Your the host with the most Bellezza - inspiring and encouraging all the way!

Terri B. said...

What lovely prizes! I've read three books for the challenge and posted two reviews. I'll be posting the third before the 30th. Can you believe it?! I finally wrote my Murakami review!

Bellezza said...

Each one, you're all so welcome. I thank YOU for participating in the challenge. You've enriched me so much with what you've read and what you've expressed in your reviews. I'll be sure to host a Japanese Challenge 3, it looks like they'll all run from July to January as that gives us enough time to complete three books and read one another's reviews.

Don't forget: added to the prizes pictured above are a copy of R. Murakami's Coin Locker Babies, and a copy of Tanabata's 2009 calendar, filled with her photographs of Japan.

Trish said...

Whoa Holistic Knitter!! Totally impressed. :)

I finished three!

1. Mistress Oriku
2. Snow Country
3. Kafka on the Shore

I'll try to draft up some sort of post for this blog soon. Thank you thank you thank you so much for hosting again, Bellezza. I really loved this challenge and finally experiencing Japanese Literature. Can't wait for more!

Terri B. said...

Whoo-hoo! I just posted my third and final review for the challenge :o)

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