Those wildly innovative and boundary-bursting tales show attention-grabbing and unforeseen own responses to the alterations raging via today's Japan. besides a number of the world's most famed eastern authors, electronic Geishas and speaking Frogs contains many writers making their English-language debut.
Introduction via Pico Iyer
1 The Floating woodland through Natsuo Kirino
—Struggling together with her well-known father's legacy as a author, a daughter learns to place the previous at the back of her.
2 The Bonfire by way of Toshiyuki Horie
—Collecting kerosene lamps in the course of her travels permits a girl and her husband to accomplish a special commemoration in their son's death.
3 Ikebukuro West Gate Park by means of Ira Ishida
—Slackers and freeters populate a Tokyo park and underground haunts the place vigilante justice rules.
4 To Khabarovsk by means of Yoko Tawada
—A educate journey turns into a fantastical trip and dreamscape packed with discovery.
5 As informed by way of a Nocturnal Witness through Jungo Aoki
—Wry observations approximately girls, cats, and relationships.
6 Super-Frog Saves Tokyo by means of Haruki Murakami
—A significant frog attempts to save lots of Tokyo from an approaching earthquake.
7 The Diary of A Mummy by way of Masahiko Shimada
—Tired of society, a guy retains a diary whereas following his personal course of escape.
8 the feminine Novelist via Maki Kashimada
—A misanthropic novelist with everlasting writer's block stocks her discontent with the world.
9 the ocean by way of Yoko Ogawa
—Awoman brings her fiancé domestic to fulfill her strange kin who stay via the sea.
10 The No Fathers membership by means of Tomoyuki Hoshino
—Participants during this membership stick with exact ideas whilst speaking approximately their lacking fathers.
11 Delilah by way of Hitomi Kanehara
—A depressed lady unearths intercourse, medications and liberation in a Tokyo bar room.
12 My somewhat Crooked Brooch by way of Noboru Tsujihara
—A lady offers her husband permission to stay along with his mistress for thirty years.