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Translation Challenge: Made in Japan

Translation Challenge: Made in Japan

We’re nearly 4 months into the Translation Challenge and I know I’ve been a bit lax with exciting extras, so I would like to propose that the month of May is Japan Month.

I’d love for all my challengees to read something Japanese in May. However, even if you’re not signed up to the challenge, you can still join in. Read a book translated from Japanese or just one set in Japan. Blog about Japanese culture. Share a Japanese inspired recipe. Been on holiday there? Share your photos! And if you’re from Japan, we’d love to hear from you too. It doesn’t need to just be about books.

Please leave your recommendations for Japanese books in the comments (and a link to your reviews if you have them). I will do a post next week to give you some ideas and I’d like them not to all have come from me. There will also be giveaways!

If Japanese culture isn’t your thing, we’ll also be piggy-backing onto Paris in July to read more French literature, so keep your eyes out. If you’ve not got a blog but would like to contribute, please get in touch regarding guest posts as I’m happy to have you.

Please link up your Japanese themed posts and reviews below (don’t forget to link up your challenge reads as well if they’re translated). Feel free to use the graphic (or not) too.

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  1. Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy

    Ooh! Anything by Haruki Murakami. There's.. that one by David Mitchell, Thousand Autumns or somesuch? Battle Royale. Many, many mangas. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff if you want to step away from translation ooh and Zoe Marriott's third book. Then I went through a phase of adding many Japanese novels to my wishlist, lessee.. In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami, Out by Natsuo Kirino.. there's SO MUCH! 😀

    1. Ellie

      Though David Mitchell is local… I was looking to feature translated titles here but those not doing the challenge welcome to read themed books.

    2. Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy

      Yeah I know he's not translated, not sure why I didn't mention as much. 😮

  2. Unknown

    how about something by Yoko Ogawa? I loved The Housekeeper and The Professor ..I haven't reviewed it but here's a nice piece from The Guardian.

  3. Anonymous

    In January I joined a Japanese reading event and read "Asleep" by Banana . I know I linked it in the translation 2013 linky, but here's my review again: Asleep.

    And here is a list of reviews on the January in Japan page:Japanese reviews

    There are also a ton of Japanese resources on the site.

  4. Becky LeJeune

    Oh, I totally missed this and now May is almost over!

  5. neer


    Read a great thriller: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Thanks for making May, a Made in Japan month.

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