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Top 10 Japanese Authors of All Time!

TOP 10 MUST READ JAPANESE WRITERS!!
Nihon no yūjin kon'nichiwa. Korera wa, Nihon kara no watashinōkiniiri no sakkadearu. Watashi ni koreijō o oshietekudasai!

‘Hello Japanese friends. These are my favourite writers from Japan. Please tell me more!’

Welcome to you all! This lists the best Japanese novelists from history. Japan is a country with a rich literacy legacy, taking us through the time of the Shogun to the pinnacle of technology, with much sadness and many wars in-between, but also great love, and enormous kindness.




TOP 5 CLASSIC JAPANESE NOVELS!
1. Miyamoto Musashi - The Book of the Five Rings - 1648
Written by a Samurai, this is the most influential book in Japanese literature and culture.


2. Yasunari Kawabata - Scarlet Gang of Asakusa - 1930
From paupers to famous authors, this tale follows the new age of people in Tokyo.


3. Kenzaburo Oe - Nip, the Buds, Shoot the Kids - 1958
A group of evacuated children are blockaded in their stationed town by the residents after a plague breaks out.


4. Haruki Marukami - Hear the Wind Sing - 1979
An arty realism story with an unnamed narrator set in Japan.


5. Koushun Takami - Battle Royale - 1999
A death-match, set on a desolate island, where schoolchildren are forced to kill each other to survive the game, each with a unique weapon is a classic example of the Japanese love of great action pieces.  



TOP 5 JAPANESE DRAMA NOVELS!
1.         Mori Ogai - The Wild Geese - 1911
After being tricked into becoming a mistress a woman seeks to find new love.


2.         Jun’ichiro Tanizaki - Naomi - 1947
A Japanese man fantasises over and marries an English girl but their cultural divide and match are far apart.


3.         Kazuo Ishiguru - A Pale View of the Hills - 1982
A Japanese woman in England deals with her daughters’ suicide.


4.         Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha - 1997
Written by an American, this is a rare case where the book’s title says it all.


5.         David Mitchell - Ghostwritten - 1999
An English but extraordinary writer who is majorly influenced by Japanese culture from living in Japan wrote this book, his first novel, which shows off his style of writing style of almost unwittingly interconnected events.



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