It’s Japanese literature this lockdown

This lockdown got me reading like how we did when we were ten – a book in one hand, chips in the other, and not a boy to care about in the world. And I finally got tired of crime fiction.

AI must be getting better because when Facebook ‘randomly’ suggested that I join this really active and knowledgeable Japanese Literature Facebook group, I didn’t blink twice. And yes, dare I say, Murakami is not the only Japanese author. This group had some great suggestions and am officially in a Jap Lit phase.

The Japanese have got a lot of things right and one of them is their style of literature. It’s… freeing. Or at least lets you glimpse into the freedom of simplicity. Freedom to take ordinary instances and turn them into extraordinary stories. Now why can’t I think like that. The language is crisp and paints a nearly perfect picture.

Of the mere handful I’ve had the chance to read, here are two books that I recommend.

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

If you do like Before the coffee gets cold, there’s a sequel too, which I’m currently reading.

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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