So, a very short round-up post for January in Japan. I really enjoyed this event. I especially had a good time reading other participants’ posts and discovering more books I want to read. I can recommend checking out everyone’s reviews, and the J-Lit Giants posts as a place to start for information on some of the more famous authors. And I really want to thank Tony for hosting the event.
As for myself, in the end I finished four books:
- Confessions of Love by Chiyo Uno (read Jan 4, 2013) [review]
- De broodjesroofverhalen by Haruki Murakami (read Jan 12, 2013) [review]
- Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (read Jan 16, 2013)
- The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami (read Jan 19, 2013) [review]
I never said anything about Rashomon and Other Stories. I enjoyed it a lot, so much that I wish I had read the longer Penguin Classics edition that contains eighteen stories (mine was by Tuttle Classics and only had five or six stories).
I also started reading The Tale of Genji in January, which will be my year-long project (approximately one chapter every weekend). So far I’m having a hard time appreciating it. I appreciate it for it’s historical and cultural importance, but there’s definitely aspects I can’t stand.
Another book I started reading this month is Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. This had been very high up on my reading list for a long time. I was planning to finish it for the event, but life got in the way. A review will definitely follow when I finish it.
I think I will continue focusing on Japanese literature this year.