Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan
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These wildly imaginative and boundary-bursting stories reveal fascinating and unexpected personal responses to the changes raging through today's Japan. Along with some of the world's most renowned Japanese authors, Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs includes many writers making their English-language debut.
Introduction by Pico Iyer
1 The Floating Forest by Natsuo Kirino
—Struggling with her famous father's legacy as a writer, a daughter learns to put the past behind her.
2 The Bonfire by Toshiyuki Horie
—Collecting kerosene lamps during her travels allows a woman and her husband to perform a unique commemoration of their son's death.
3 Ikebukuro West Gate Park by Ira Ishida
—Slackers and freeters populate a Tokyo park and underground haunts where vigilante justice rules.
4 To Khabarovsk by Yoko Tawada
—A train trip becomes a fantastical journey and dreamscape full of discovery.
5 As Told by a Nocturnal Witness by Jungo Aoki
—Wry observations about women, cats, and relationships.
6 Super-Frog Saves Tokyo by Haruki Murakami
—A giant frog tries to save Tokyo from an impending earthquake.
7 The Diary of A Mummy by Masahiko Shimada
—Tired of society, a man keeps a diary while following his own path of escape.
8 The Female Novelist by Maki Kashimada
—A misanthropic novelist with permanent writer's block shares her discontent with the world.
9 The Sea by Yoko Ogawa
—Awoman brings her fiancé home to meet her unusual family who live by the sea.
10 The No Fathers Club by Tomoyuki Hoshino
—Participants in this club follow special rules when talking about their missing fathers.
11 Delilah by Hitomi Kanehara
—A depressed woman finds sex, drugs and liberation in a Tokyo bar room.
12 My Slightly Crooked Brooch by Noboru Tsujihara
—A woman gives her husband permission to live with his mistress for thirty years.