August 2, 2009

Japanese Lit Challenge 3

Dolce Bellezza is hosting this challenge again and I am a new participant! I love Asian culture, so of course when she told me about this challenge I wanted in! Here are the specifics for this year's challenge:

This year, all you have to do is read one work of Japanese origin. It can be literature of course, but don’t feel confined to that. You may choose to read poetry, biographies, short stories or even manga. If you are willing to read one such piece, you’ve met the challenge. If you read more, all the better.

I have set the time frame between July 30, 2009 and January 30, 2010.

I have a Review Site set up for us here, where we can leave links to the reviews on our own blogs and see what other people have read.

I have prizes! I’ve been collecting them for several months, and I might whet your appetite with a brief sampling of the list here:

  • a Moleskine Japanese format notebook, with two Japanese pencils and a Japanese eraser
  • a copy of Murakami’s book South of the Border, West of The Sun
  • a brochure from the Art Institute of Chicago’s special exhibit on Japanese screens, with a magnet and box of screen cards
  • a cell phone charm, and makie stickers made of 24 karat gold, imported from Japan
  • two copies of Yakuza Moon by Tendo
  • a copy of Eat Sleep Sit by Nanomura
  • and more surprises to come!

For this challenge, I read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro.


  1. Glad you're joining, Rebecca! :)

  2. I probably need to join this one. Part of me says "no more challenges!" while the other part of me says, "it's just one more book..." Sigh. I'm sure I'll probably give in.

  3. Melody- Thank you!

    Amanda- Yeah, I'm weak, too.

  4. Oh, I am totally in! Do you think it's cheating if I do a book I just read while I was on vacation?

  5. Yes I am in this challenge. To me it is a great opportunity to expand my reading range and in the process greatly increase my TBR section.


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