Agricultural manga, novels about teenage farmers sprouting up all...
Author Atsuko Asano shows off her book, "Green Green," in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture. (Takuya Nishie)
Set at an agricultural high school in the mountains, the novel "Green Green" depicts the fictional lives of students who grow their own vegetables and raise pigs and goats.
VOX POPULI: Simple titles of novels may belie more profound themes
Natsume Soseki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Exactly 50 years ago, “Hyoten” (Freezing Point), the debut novel of Ayako Miura (1922-1999), won The Asahi Shimbun’s prize competition for best novel and began appearing...
Keene's unpublished 1957 romantic novel found
The draft of Donald Keene's romantic novel written 57 years ago (Provided by Shinchosha Publishing Co.)
Revealing an intriguing facet from his past, renowned Japanese literature scholar Donald Keene says he once tried his hand at writing a romantic novel.
VOX POPULI: Even weeds have their own particular beauty
Natsume Soseki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On April 20, The Asahi Shimbun will begin running "Kokoro" (Heart), a masterpiece serial novel first written for this newspaper a century ago by Natsume Soseki (1867-1916).
ANIME NEWS: Fuji TV to make film adaptations of Project Itoh...
The cover of "Genocidal Organ" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Science-fiction novelist Project Itoh's "Genocidal Organ" and "Harmony" will be adapted into anime feature films for 2015, Fuji Television Network Inc. said
Haruki Murakami to publish short-story collection in April
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A collection of short stories by critically acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami will be published April 18, Bungeishunju Ltd. announced March 14.
ANIME NEWS: Torishima's 'Kaikin no To' wins Nihon SF Taisho Award
Denpo Torishima's "Kaikin no To" (Provided by Tokyo Sogensha Co.)
Denpo Torishima's "Kaikin no To" (aka "Sisyphean and Other Stories") has won the 34th Nihon SF Taisho Award, which recognizes the year's most excellent work of science fiction.
Lives of literary giants get wild new spin in latest manga...
An increasing number of manga titles feature literary giants, with the characters presented in various forms ranging from realistic portraits to drastically redesigned looks. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Literary giants have often been used as subject matter in manga, but nowadays, an increasing number of manga are focusing on the more mundane aspects of the great writers, such ...
ANIME NEWS: Tokyo Otaku Mode serializes sci-fi novel 'Beatless' in ...
From the official website ((c) Satoshi Hase/ monochrom)
Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. (TOM) has started serialization of the English version of the sci-fi novel "Beatless" on its website Tokyo Otaku Mode β in collaboration with Kadokawa...
Oe's latest novel offers glimmer of hope in a world beset by...
Kenzaburo Oe talks about his latest novel in Tokyo. (Makoto Kaku)
Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe's first novel in four years draws deeply from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011.
INTERVIEW: Model for ‘South of the Border’ heroine hopes to...
Shunichi Teshirogi during a recent interview with AJW (Hiroshi Matsubara)
Editor's note: This interview is part of Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
Chef by day, writer by night, author finally recognized for her...
Eiko Yamaguchi at her restaurant (Wataru Sekita)
Eiko Yamaguchi, winner of this year's Matsumoto Seicho award for a full-length entertainment novel, considers herself lucky: her literary dreams came true after biding her time,...
Hot-selling fiction appeals to nationalist sentiment
Copies of Naoki Hyakuta's debut novel "Eien no Zero" are piled on the display at a Tokyo bookstore in June. (Yu Yamada)
One of the finalists for the Yamamoto Shugoro Sho (Yamamoto Shugoro prize) was a novel set in a world where people no longer age or die. To bring order back to this society,...
Author Murakami acknowledges writing each character in detail for...
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KYOTO--Best-selling author Haruki Murakami gave a rare public interview here May 6 to talk mainly about his new novel and his relationship with a late friend, psychologist...
BOOK IN FOCUS: Haruki Murakami's new novel challenges us to...
Haruki Murakami's latest book, "Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi"  (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage) (The Asahi Shimbun)
Because no information about Haruki Murakami's latest novel was released before it went on sale on April 12, its somewhat unusual title led to wide speculation among the public.
Fans pack stores for midnight release of Haruki Murakami novel
Kazuki Yamashita, 20, holds up Haruki Murakami's new novel in Daikanyama Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on April 12 after becoming the first customer to buy it. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Eager fans of Haruki Murakami thronged bookstores around Japan for the midnight release of his new novel on April 12, with some of them even reading it cover to cover before...
BOOK REVIEW: New Murakami novel story of man who tries to overcome ...
Haruki Murakami’s new novel, “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi” is now in bookstores. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Haruki Murakami’s new book is the tale of a man who tries to overcome his sense of loss and isolation, which has accumulated in the dark part of his heart.
Publisher prints record first run of new Murakami book
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Major publishing house Bungeishunju Ltd. has prepared 500,000 copies in anticipation of high demand for Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, breaking the record of any first...
Murakami’s first novel in 3 years to be published in April
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Literary giant Haruki Murakami is set to release his first novel in three years in April, publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said Feb. 16.
French president of Chanel Japan pens novel about disaster area
Chanel Japan President Richard Collasse stands near the sea in the Moune district of Kesennuma. The area, which was also used for a scene in his novel, suffered major damage as a result of the tsunami. (Photo: Norito Kunisue)
“What the …! This can’t be true! Tell me it’s not true,” gasped Yutaka, his face twitching in disbelief.