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Those wildly innovative and boundary-bursting tales display attention-grabbing and unforeseen own responses to the adjustments raging via today's Japan. besides a number of the world's most famed eastern authors, electronic Geishas and speaking Frogs contains many writers making their English-language debut.

Introduction through Pico Iyer

1 The Floating woodland via Natsuo Kirino
—Struggling along with her recognized father's legacy as a author, a daughter learns to place the previous at the back of her.

2 The Bonfire by means of Toshiyuki Horie
—Collecting kerosene lamps in the course of her travels permits a lady and her husband to accomplish a distinct commemoration in their son's death.

3 Ikebukuro West Gate Park by means of Ira Ishida
—Slackers and freeters populate a Tokyo park and underground haunts the place vigilante justice rules.

4 To Khabarovsk by means of Yoko Tawada
—A educate journey turns into a fantastical trip and dreamscape choked with discovery.

5 As informed through a Nocturnal Witness by means of Jungo Aoki
—Wry observations approximately girls, cats, and relationships.

6 Super-Frog Saves Tokyo via Haruki Murakami
—A huge frog attempts to save lots of Tokyo from an drawing close earthquake.

7 The Diary of A Mummy by way of Masahiko Shimada
—Tired of society, a guy retains a diary whereas following his personal course of escape.

8 the feminine Novelist by means of Maki Kashimada
—A misanthropic novelist with everlasting writer's block stocks her discontent with the world.

9 the ocean by means of Yoko Ogawa
—Awoman brings her fiancé domestic to fulfill her strange relations who stay by way of the sea.

10 The No Fathers membership by means of Tomoyuki Hoshino
—Participants during this membership persist with designated ideas whilst conversing approximately their lacking fathers.

11 Delilah via Hitomi Kanehara
—A depressed girl reveals intercourse, medicinal drugs and liberation in a Tokyo bar room.

12 My a bit of Crooked Brooch by way of Noboru Tsujihara
—A girl provides her husband permission to reside together with his mistress for thirty years.

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