Your Japanese Literature Top Three - What are they?
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My three are:
1) Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
2) The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho
3) Palm of the Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
The Basho is particularly good especially having the different translations (I have 6 I think).
This is a very difficult question. I think at this point off the top of my head it would be.
Akira Yoshimura : Shipwrecks
Sawako Ariyoshi : The Twilight Years
Shohei Ooka : Fires on the Plain
But truly this is an impossible question and this leaves out so many amazing books that it's unfair.
Shun Medoruma : L' âme de Kôtarô contemplait la mer From what I can see, I don't think that this particular title has been translated into English, although many of his other stories and books are available in English.
Yasunari Kawabata : First Snow on Fuji
Shigeru Mizuki : Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
There are a few authors mentioned above that I'm not familiar with, so thanks for the idea of this thread.
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