Masahisa Fukase's "Family," reissued with essays by Fukase himself and Tomo Kosuga, turns the idea of the family portrait on its head, simultaneously reinvigorating and ridiculing it.
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Stephen Lyman and Chris Bunting's "The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks" is a beautiful, carefully put together coffee-table book full of insights, anecdotes and thirst-inducing pictures of Japan's various alcohols.
Set in the early 17th century, "The Swords of Silence" focuses on the plight of Japan's hidden Christians and the closing of Japan to foreign trade and relations — with a fantasy twist.
Time travel, yakuza, street photography and more feature in the best upcoming J-Lit releases for this summer (and beyond).
Set in 1970s Osaka, "Inhabitation" is a surrealist, symbolic novel about one man's attempt to run from his past and build his own future.
Based on a real-life incident in which a 7-year-old boy was abandoned in the woods by his parents, "Backlight" examines the search and rescue operation through a philosophical lens.
Readers who like their yakuza with a dash of morality, lead characters out of their depths and their cops dumb and bent will find much to enjoy in Nick Hurst's thriller, "Falling From the Floating World."
Kyoko Nakajima's "The Little House" is the story of how generations in Japan talk — or don't talk — to each other, and their inability to connect across eras.
Japanese-English translator Louise Heal Kawai reveals the challenges of sourcing translation commissions and how one text — Soji Shimada's "Murder in the Crooked House" — was more intellectually rewarding than she initially assumed.
2019's impressive lineup of books on Japan, include classic reprints, new fiction and studies of the nation's international relations.