Middle Grade Fiction
Short story “Swing” by Ippei Mogami, illustrated by Saburo Takada, in Kyoto Journal 82, May 2015.
A novel about Kazuo Nakamoto, a fourth-grader growing up in Tokyo after the 1964 Olympics. Obsessed with hamburgers, U.S. sprinter Bob Hayes, Leave It to Beaver and Popeye, Kazuo also observes the lingering effects of World War II on his changing world.
by Shogo Oketani
IBC Publishing, 2013
A bilingual version of J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965 with English and Japanese side by side. Includes praise for the translation from Motoyuki Shibata, University of Tokyo.
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Young Adult Fiction
A tale of a family, a mountain, and a boy who studies kimono fitting. Part of a 36-story anthology to benefit teens affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
A bilingual kamishibai for young children that celebrates growth and the strong bonds between parent and child.
These stories by young author Shimamoto (b. 1983) and Akutagawa Prize winner Takagi (b. 1946) join six others in a collection of contemporary fiction by Japanese women.
A puppet animation film set in eighth-century Nara, depicting the devotion of the young noblewoman Iratsume to quieting the soul of a deceased prince.