Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Wide Open To Every Possibility"

With these words of Haruki Murakami, we begin the Japanese Literature Challenge 5. Running from June 1, 2011 until January 30, 2012, this is the place where participants can record their reviews of literature read for the challenge.

Please enter your name in the first bar, followed by the title of the book you're reviewing in parantheses. Then, add the URL to your review post in the second bar.

Or, if you don't have a blog, please write your review in the comment section below.

I can't wait to read what you've discovered! Welcome!

Or, in Japanese, ようこ

1. The Parrish Lantern
2. Mel u@The Reading Life-Japanese WWII Literature
3. Mel u@The Reading Life-17 by Kenzaburo Oe
4. Tony's Reading List ('Thousand Cranes' and 'Autofiction')
5. Tony's Reading List ('Kokoro' and 'The Elephant Vanishes')
6. Melody's Reading Corner
7. Fresh Ink Books
8. Matthew
9. Mel u@The Reading Life-Life on a Japanese Navy Suicide Base
10. Gavin (Page247)
11. Seana
12. Mel u@The Reading Life-A 1915 short story about slavery in Japan
13. Tony's Reading List ('The Master of Go')
14. chasing bawa (The Devotion of Suspect X)
15. Mel u@The Reading Life-Japanese Historical Novels
16. Mel u@The Reading Life-Two Short Stories about Professors by Junichiro Tanizaki
17. sylvie sevigny
18. Fadoua
19. Sam Still Reading
20. Mel u@The Reading Life- An Echo of Heaven by Kenzaburo Oe
21. The Reading Life- Online Reading plus an ancient monster story
22. Tony's Reading List ('Silence' by Shusaku Endo)
23. Rise (The Old Capital)
24. me.(The Adventures of Sumiyakist Q)
25. The Parrish Lantern (Pinball 1973 - Haruki Murakami)
26. The Reading Life- Memories of a Tokyo WWII Childhood
27. Coffee and a Book Chick
28. CathysReadingList(While We Were Orphans
29. Marisa@Amrchair Archives
30. The Parrish Lantern (Nocturnes - Kazuo Ishiguro)
31. anothercookiecrumbles (Ryu Murakami's 69)
32. Ally N.P. Banana Yoshimoto
33. Seven Apples
34. Seven Apples (The Makioka Sisters)
35. Gnoe @ Graasland (All She Was Worth)
36. JoV@Bibiojunkie(What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami)
37. Seven Apples (Naomi)
38. The Reading Life- Mel u ("Patriotism" by Yokio Mishima
39. Ally (Sputnik Sweetheart)
40. Ally (The Ice Man)
41. me.
42. Bokusenou@Dokushojin[The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea ]
43. Sean O'Hara
44. Sean O'Hara: Toradora Volume 1
45. Sean O'Hara: Toradora Volume 2
46. Sean O'Hara: The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya
47. Sean O'Hara: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
48. Nancy @ Bookfoolery: After the Quake by H. Murakami
49. Susan (Suko's Notebook)
50. Melody (The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto)
51. Sam (Shuichi Yoshida)
52. Colleen (Silence, Shusako Endo)
53. Bellezza (an interesting article on Haruki Murakami)
54. Janine
55. Mel u@The Reading Life-The Pinch Runner Memoradum by Kenzaburo Oe
56. Gavin (Underground by Haruki Murakami)
57. Janine (Blind willow, sleeping woman by Huraki Murakami)
58. KS (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)
59. Colleen (The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa)
60. The Reading Life-Mel u (Lake byBanana Yoshimoto
61. The Reading Life-Mel u -Ark Sukura by Kobo Abe
62. Seana Graham
63. JoV@Bibliojunkie (Underground by Haruki Murakami)
64. JoV@Bibliojunkie (Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima)
65. Rise (Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories)
66. The Parrish Lantern (Villian - Shuichi Yoshida)
67. Ting (Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami)
68. And the plot thickens (The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino)
69. Bellezza (Villain by Shuichi Yoshida)
70. Ally (The Lake - Banana Yoshimoto)
71. Mel u@ The Reading Life (Vikain by
72. Gavin(When The Emperor Was Devine - Julie Otsuka)
73. Col @ Col Reads (Banana Yoshimoto's The Lake)
74. Tamara
75. chasing bawa (Occupied City)
76. The parrish Lantern( The Secret History of the lord Of Musashi)
77. Bellezza (Inspector Iminishi Investigates)
78. Mel u@ The Reading Life "Blind Chinese Soldiers"
79. Mel u@ The Reading Life "Three Policemen" by Yoshiyuki Junnosure
80. Mel u@ The Reading Life "The Bears of Nametoko by Kenji Miyazawa
81. Mel u@ The Reading Life "The Rifle" by Kojima Nobuo
82. Mel u@ The Reading Life "Onnagata" by Yokio Mishima
83. Catherine Keaton
84. Bellezza (Strangers by Yamada)
85. Mel u@ The Reading Life Japan versus Ireland-Two Macabre Gothic Stories
86. The Reading Life- Murakami versus Two Edwardians-a paranormal read off
87. me. - Plainsong by Kazushi Hosaka
88. The Reading Life-The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories
89. Rise (Two stories by Tōson Shimazaki)
90. Tamara - H. Murakami - Hard Boiled Wonderland
91. Bina @ If You Can Read This (Strangers by Taichi Yamada)
92. Tony's Reading List (Natsume Soseki's 'Sorekara')
93. Mel u@The Reading Life Hardboiled Wonderland Haruki Murakami
94. Tony's Reading List (Haruki Murakami's 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman')
95. 1morechapter (Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka)
96. Harvee (How to Be an American Housewife)
97. Amateur Reader (Tom)
98. Mel u@The Reading Life (Koroko by Natsume Soseki)
99. Ally (Strangers Yamada)
100. me.School Girl by Osamu Dazai
101. Gavin ( The Budddha in the Attic)
102. Mel u@The Reading Life-Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
103. Mel u@The Reading Life-Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai
104. Col @ Col Reads (Strangers by Taichi Yamada)
105. Tony's Reading List ('Beauty and Sadness' & 'A Personal Matter')
106. Novroz (Seirei No Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi)
107. The Parrish Lantern(OUP - Very Short Introduction, Modern Japan),
108. Mel u@The Reading Life- "Swaddling Clothes" by Yukio Mishima
109. Rise (The Shooting Gallery)
110. Harvee (1Q84)
111. sakura (Hear the Wind Sing)
112. sakura (Pinball 1973)
113. Bellezza (1Q84 by Murakami)
114. Emma @ Words And Peace (1Q84)
115. The Reading Life-Three Junichiro Tanizai Stories of Erotic Obsessions
116. sakura (Manga: Thermae Romae I-III)
117. 1Q84
118. Emma @ Words And Peace (The Woman In The Dunes)
119. Emma @Words And Peace (The Lake)
120. JoV@Bibliojunkie(Dance, Dance, Dance)
121. Sabrina @ Thinking About Loud! "Geisha of Gion" by Mineko Iwasaki
122. madeleine
123. Picking bones from Ashes by Marie Mutsuki Mokett
124. Mel u @ The Reading Life Botchan by Natsume Soseki
125. Novroz (The Hunting Of The Snark- Miyuki Miyabe)
126. JoV@Bibiliojunkie(Villain by Shuichi Yoshida)
127. Rubina Valli
128. The Parrish Lantern (The Face of Another - Kobo Abe)
129. Paprika by Tsutsui
130. Caroline @ Potrait of a Woman (Real World by Natsuo Kirino)
131. Caroline @ Portrait of a Woman (Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai)
132. Japan - Quicksand (Seven Apples)
133. Tony's Reading List ('1Q84 - Book One')
134. Caroline @ Portrait of a Woman (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
135. Mel u @ The Reading Life (1Q84)
136. Tony's Reading List (1Q84 - Book Two)
137. Mel u @ The Reading Life (1Q84-A Second look)
138. HRO @ Only Orangery (The Housekeeper the Professor)
139. Tony's Reading List (Rashomon and Other Stories - Akutagawa)
140. Tony's Reading List (1Q84 - Book Three)
141. Mel u @ The Reading Life(A 2001 Summery)
142. Bellezza (The Buddha in The Attic by Julie Otsuka)
143. sakura (The Housekeeper and The Professor)
144. Novroz (Battle Royale- Koushun Takami)
145. Tony's Reading List (The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto)
146. Tony's Reading List (1Q84 Overview - Part One)
147. Arti
148. Arti (The Sound of the Mountain by Kawabata)
149. Tony's Reading List (1Q84 Overview - Part Two)
150. The Reading Life (The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
151. Tony's Reading List (1Q84 Overview - Part Three)
152. The Reading Life (The Dabba Dabba Tree by Yasutaka Tsutsui
153. JoV (1Q84 by Haruki Murakami)
154. The Parrish Lantern- Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s - In Praise of Shadows
155. Tony's Reading List (Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa)
156. Kristen M.@WeBeReading (Hard-Boiled Wonderland ...)
157. Seana, The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura


  1. This was my first ever challenge & increased my knowledge & love of literature by a magnitude that hadn't happened for a long time.
    So J-Lit #5
    Delight & relight
    My fire.

  2. I am very happy to join in for the third year -JL3 opened up a giant new world of reading and learning for me-I agree totally with parrish lantern's comment

  3. Just a couple of double reviews posted since JLC4 to get you all started ;)

  4. I've linked to my post about challenge 5. This is my favourite challenge, I look forward to doing it again.

  5. My intro post and a *brand-new* review :)

  6. Love the look of the blog! Definitely joining in.

  7. I'm glad to participate in JLC5 and looking forwards to reading reviews from other participants.

  8. Could you please add me to the list of participants? I'm really looking forward to participating. I have The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto wating to be read.

  9. A wonderful, wonderful book which I should have read a lot earlier :)

  10. Just added my first J-Lit 5 post, by an old favourite author

  11. Oh sheesh. I posted my link to the wrong one. Egads, apologies.

  12. So great to connect with other fans of Japanese lit! I lived in Japan for several years and became hooked on everything from Soseki to Mishima, not forgetting Lady Murasaki, among others. Thanks for hosting this! :)

  13. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, was supposed to be my first entrance, but posted it a couple of days early due to my excitement concerning this challenge, which I've mentioned elsewhere. But have been pondering this dilemma & have added it now.

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  15. I've added my review! I accidentally used the wrong link and had to repost. That will teach me to sign up for things late at night! I'm sorry for the mistake.

  16. Here's one from Haruki Murakami:
    What I talk about when I talk about book blogging!

  17. I have already read two books, N.P. and Sputnik Sweetheart and I will soon finish Norwegian Wood. I am so glad I entered the challenge since I discovered fantastic novels. Good literature seems contagious :)

  18. Just finished reading The Devil's Disciple two dark novellas by Shiro Hamao,if you like Edogawa Ranpo you'd probably enjoy this too.

  19. I saw this challenge and thought I should join in.^-^

  20. I didn't realize I needed to comment, here, to join! I just posted about my first read for this challenge. :)

  21. I have just posted my first review for this wonderful reading challenge.

  22. I have read Villain by Shuichi Yoshida - highly recommended!

  23. Phew...that took way too long. I feel like I've been wasting valuable time doing I don't know what. My first review for JLC5 is on Shusako Endo's Silence.

  24. I'm going to read the collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami titled Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, reviewing one story at a time - as long as I have anything to say about them :)

  25. Just added my review,but forgot to include what it was in the link title. I took my cue from others here and picked Banana Yoshimoto's The Lake. Looking forward to roaming around and seeing what other people's thoughts were.

  26. I would like to join, please. Is it stll possible ?

  27. Yes, of course it's possible. I'll add you to the list of participants right now, and I'm glad you're joining in!

  28. Awesome read for Underground by Haruki Murakami! My post is up! Thanks for hosting Bellezza.

  29. Opps, almost forgot about another review by Japanese author. Another on Mishima's semi-autobiographical novel "Confessions of a mask". Simply awesome writer.

  30. blimey it seems ages since i was here. This was this authors first novel to be translated into English & was long listed in this years Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, didn't make it onto the shortlist, which was a shame.

  31. I'm hoping everyone she's this in time - I'm nominating J-lit 5 for the best book blogging event(BBAW), it would be fantastic if we all did as this annual event easily qualifies,

  32. Sorry for my late arrival, but I'm here for challenge no 5. Currently reading Murakami's The End of The World. Loooking forward to some new Japanese authors this year.... thanks again DB>

  33. The Secret History Of The Lord Of Musashi & Arrowroot by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. couldn't fit the full title in the box, so here it is.

  34. We've Got this our favourite challenge through to the nominations- now vote it To win these, here

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  36. Sorry! I got the book wrong. I'm going to be reading THE TALE OF GENJI by Murasaki Shikibu for the JL5C.

  37. Finished and reviewed Yamada's Strangers. Eeerie and so atmospheric!

  38. This time it's Japan's two Nobel Laureates (while still hoping for another in 2012!).

  39. Hi Bellezza...this year,due to my readers block. I join this challenge a bit late :)

    I am looking for the button but couldn't find it :(

  40. This latest addition is a fascinating look into Japanese modern history.

  41. Happy to finally link a review for this great challenge, and for what a book! 1Q84, so good! I have read 2 other Japanese books last month, reviews upcoming. Emma

  42. Just posted my 3rd review for this Challenge, done!
    You can see my recap here, scroll down to see the Japanese challenge:
    I will read the Tale of Genji next year, for the 52 countries challenge!
    Thanks, that was fun.

  43. I have just posted a review of Villain by Shuichi Yoshida. Fantastic read. Thanks for hosting.

  44. Oe said that this writer should have won The Nobel prize, was even nominated a few times.

  45. I posted my third review (Quicksand) for the challenge and realized that everything I've read for it has been Tanizaki. I need to branch out a little before it's over.

  46. I'm organising a Japanese Young Adult Novel week on the blog so bear with me for posting links one after the other!

  47. The first of my three posts on Murakami's '1Q84'...

    ...or possibly four ;)

  48. And here is the second one...

    ...where you get to chat with one of the characters ;)

  49. Number three (in which we reinterpret the last book to suit Victorian-era morals...).

  50. A collection of thoughts on a collection of Akutagawa's short stories - enjoy :)

  51. 'The Lake' - probably my penultimate book for this year's challenge :)

  52. And even more on '1Q84' (almost finished!)...

  53. The sixth (and final!) part of my '1Q84' marathon :)

  54. loved this little essay, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s - In Praise of Shadows

  55. And that's a wrap - 'Hotel Iris' :)

  56. Just squeaked in before the deadline and with a great read!