When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka: A Phenomenal Work of Asian-American Literature Exhibiting the Despair & Inhumanity of Second World War Incarceration – Book Review

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a Japanese-American historical fiction novel that tells the story of a family that is uprooted from their home and put into an Internment Camp during the Second World War. Each tale is told from the perspective of a different person, which helps tell a story that explains the various traumatic experiences and harmful impacts that this devastating event had on Japanese and Japanese-Americans.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami: A Stunning Work of Surrealistic Fiction that Centres on the Chaos of Longing & Lost-Identities – Book Review

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.

9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre

Since I receive a lot of questions from people about Japanese literature and how best to begin reading from it, I thought it would be neat to share recommendations that are perfect for an array of readers, whether the preference is for mysteries to contemporaries and even magical realism and fantasy. All of these books are translated fiction that is authored by women, who are some of my favourite writers from the modern age.

12 Amazing Anime Serials & Films that Originated from Japanese Novels!

I gathered a list of twelve anime that I have discovered many people don’t realise came from books. My information is based on the many conversations I have had with fellow otaku both online and in-real-life, both friends and (mostly) strangers alike. Chock this up as a post inspired by a lengthy observation of the community. For these titles, I’m proud to say that I have actually read almost all of the novels from the list and seen almost as many of the adaptations.

Library Loot #12: Sci-Fi Horror & Japanese Fiction

My round of books from the library this time have more Asian titles in it and that makes me very happy because one of my reading goals for 2019 is to increase the number of #OwnVoices Asian literature novels that I read. I want that to eventually become the bulk of what I consume, mostly…

Top 5 Translators of Japanese Literature!

Welcome everyone! For today’s top five list, I wanted to shine a light on some of the best translators out there for Japanese fiction! Many people who have been familiar with BiblioNyan’s content and my love of books will know that I absolutely adore #OwnVoices Japanese literature. It is my favourite genre, ever, and it’s…

The Ouroboros Wave by Jyōji Hayashi

Do you ever anticipate a book so much that when you finally get around to reading it, it ends up being such a humongous disappointment and your heart breaks? Welcome to my reading adventure with The Ouroboros Wave by Jyōji Hayashi. Sometime in the distant future, scientists discover the presence of a small black hole…

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa – Book Review

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa is a collection of eleven short stories that are all interconnected in one way or another. It’s an #OwnVoices Japanese literature novel that also falls under the psychological thriller and horror genres, and was originally published in January 2013. I read the UK Vintage International edition released in January 2014. The…

Weekend Reads #7: Japanese Thriller & Chinese Zodiac

Happy Friday to you all! This weekend I will be starting October’s Birthday Book Challenge! If you’d like more information on this challenge, please check out my post for it. I’m super excited to begin this reading event and I decided to begin with a title from my favourite Asian literature subgenre: Contemporary Japanese literature!…

Orange by Ichigo Takano – A Manga Review

This manga series has been on my To-Be-Read list for a very long time (about two years or so). I bought them in omnibus editions, which are pretty hefty, and because of their vast size, they were a bit intimidating to me. But one of my book goals for the 2017 year is to read…