June 1, 2010

Welcome to The Fourth Japanese Literature Challenge



See how patiently they wait, these books in my Japanese literature stack? Most of them have come by recommendation or review:

Supermarket from Chris

The Old Capital from Mark David

Silence from 3M and Tanabata

Out from Novel Insights and Mel U

Nocturnes from Claire

Inspector Iminishi Investigates from Professor B. Worm

Others kindly arrived from Kodansha, International.

Also lined up are my unread Murakami novels, a problem I wish to remedy by this time next year:



I am blissfully submerged in Japanese literature. One of the best parts? Less than five years ago, the only Japanese literature book I'd read was Ishiguro's Remains of the Day.

But, in 2006, when the first Japanese Literature Challenge began, my reading life was greatly enhanced by the knowledge of fellow bloggers much more well read in this genre than I. That's the beauty of hosting a challenge: the hostess is greatly enriched by the participants, such as she hopes the participants enrich one another.

I'm so excited to announce the beginning of the fourth Japanese Literature Challenge. I have a list of book suggestions here, a review site set up for us here, and a button should you wish to use it here:









Won't you join in the experience? Simply read one or more works of Japanese literature between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011. If you choose, leave a link to your review on the review site. Also, leave your name in the comments here so that I can add you to the list of participants.

I can hardly wait to begin, and I'm hoping you feel the same way.

18 comments:

  1. Find original post and comments here.

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  2. I replied to the old post/comments without realising you'd moved here (such was my excitement I failed to look around first) but I'll be joining in and looking forward to it. :D

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  3. Fiona, it's not you failing to look around it's me switching my blog around! I'm so glad you're in, I'm off to add you to the Review Site.

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  4. I'd love to join in this time around since I've been immersed in Ozu's films lately. And just today, I found a copy of Oe's Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! Started reading it and I think it's going to be one fine read. Count me in, and thanks for hosting such an interesting challenge!

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  5. I'm glad you're joining Arti! I've added you to the Review Site.

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  6. I'm going to join you! I'm new to the blogger world but already love it! I'm very excited about the input you all will give me in Japanese literature as I'm very new to this genre, too.

    I think your blog is very beautiful, Belleza.

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  7. Hi! I'm very interested, and will be joining you for this challenge.

    Thanks for doing this!

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  8. Welcome, Kolibri and NancyO! I'm so glad you found your way here after the possible confusion I created switching from WordPress back to Blogger. It's good to have you join in the Japanese Literature Challenge, and I'm looking forward to your thoughts! Nice to meet you both.

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  9. AnonymousJune 15, 2010

    Oooh, I loved Inspector Imanishi Investigates. Reminds me of all the hard-boiled detective series I used to watch on Japanese telly.

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  10. Count me in Bellezza! Thank you so much for hosting the challenge again.

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  11. I have LOTS of unread Japanese books. So please count me in. I'm currently in the middle of Tanizaki's 'Some Prefer Nettles' and Mishima's 'Death in Midsummer.'

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  12. Glad to hear it, chasing bawa! I love a good mystery.

    Iliana and Rise, welcome! I've added you to the review site's list of participants. Glad you're in, both of you.

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  13. I am late, oh no! And I have had Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase just sitting there waiting for this to begin. Of course count me in.

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  14. I just added you to the list of participants on the review site. So glad you're in again, Moo!

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  15. I just got a link for this challenge today; I'd be thrilled to join in! I'm late I know but I have lots of Japanese books already on my shelves, and these challenges give me a bit of focus :)

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  16. I'd like to join. I'm new to all of this but excited to try. I'm a bit late on the challenge, but I'm sure I can get at least one book read. :)

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  17. Welcome, Shannon and Elizabeth! It's never too late to join, unless it's January 32 ;), and then you can join in next time it rolls around in July. Glad to have you both!

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