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“The Book of Tokyo” is part of Comma Press’ “Reading the City” series, though most of the stories inside could be transplanted to other Japanese cities — Nagoya, Fukuoka or Sapporo — without any noticeable difference.

Other anthologies are more contingent on the megalopolis, such as “Tokyo Stories,” which lived up to its claims of being a “literary stroll” through the city. That collection is heavy on early-mid 20th-century writing and a 21st-century update is still needed — as is an anthology that recognizes the modern Japanese experience beyond its major city.

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