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Audiobook Tour: Japan

Take an audiobook tour of Japan! We've compiled a list of audiobooks, featuring fiction by bestselling authors Haruki Murakami, Sayaka Murata, Banana Yoshimoto, and others alongside illuminating nonfiction.

All the Lovers in the Night

By: Mieko Kawakami
Narrated by: Mirai Booth-Ong
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

The bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs, Mieko Kawakami invites listeners back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates yet again why she is one of today’s most uncategorizable, insightful, and talented novelists.Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copyeditor in her mid-thirties. Working and... Read more

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What You Are Looking For Is in the Library

A Novel

By: Michiko Aoyama
Narrated by: Hanako Footman, Susan Momoko Hingley, Kenichiro Thomson, Winson Ting & Shiro Kawai
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

For fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a charming, internationally bestselling Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers’ life.

What are you looking for? So asks Tokyo’s most enigmatic librarian. For Sayuri Komachi is able to sense exactly what each visitor to her library is searching for and provide just the... Read more

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She and Her Cat

Stories

By: Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa
Narrated by: Winson Ting, Julia Strowski, Jacqui Bardelang, Hana Teraie-Wood & Nile Faure-Bryan
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

For fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Murata Sayaka’s Earthlings, this Japanese bestseller from renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai features four inspirational and heartwarming vignettes following women and their cats in their quests for love and connection.

Lying alone on the edge of the sidewalk in an abandoned cardboard box, a... Read more

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Life Ceremony

Stories

By: Sayaka Murata
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus, Eunice Wong, Pun Bandhu, various narrators, Emily Woo Zeller, Jeena Yi & Nancy Wu
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

The long-awaited first short story-collection by the author of the cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, tales of weird love, heartfelt friendships, and the unsettling nature of human existenceWith Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata is back with her first collection of short stories ever to be translated into English. In Japan,... Read more

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The Mantis

A Novel

By: Kotaro Isaka
Narrated by: Pun Bandhu & Brian Nishii
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling author of Bullet Train and Three Assassins, a propulsive Thriller about a family man with a deadly secret lifeKabuto is a highly skilled assassin eager to escape his dangerous profession and the hold his handler, the sinister Doctor, has over him. The Doctor, a real physician who hands over Kabuto’s targets as... Read more

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The Decagon House Murders

By: Yukito Ayatsuji
Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

A hugely enjoyable, must-listen murder mystery sure to appeal to fans of Elly Griffiths, Anthony Horowitz, and Agatha Christie, with one of the best and most satisfying conclusions you'll ever hear. A classic in Japan, available in English for the first time. Read more

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The Goodbye Cat

By: Hiro Arikawa
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling and beloved The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners’ lives, climbing, comforting, nestling, and sometimes just tripping everyone up in this uplifting collection of tales by international bestselling author Hiro Arikawa.

Against the backdrop of changing... Read more

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Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

A Novel

By: Satoshi Yagisawa
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 5 hours

The wise and charming international bestseller and hit Japanese movie—about a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books. Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man... Read more

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The Cat Who Saved Books

A Novel

By: Sosuke Natsukawa
Narrated by: Kevin Shen
Length: 5 hours 6 minutes

AN INDIE NEXT PICK!From the #1 bestselling author in Japan comes a celebration of books, cats, and the people who love them, infused with the heartwarming spirit of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm... Read more

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Sweet Bean Paste

By: Durian Sukegawa
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

A charming tale of friendship, love, and loneliness in contemporary Japan



Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of... Read more

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Heaven

A Novel

By: Mieko Kawakami
Narrated by: Scott Keiji Takeda
Length: 6 hours 21 minutes

From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and international literary sensation Mieko Kawakami comes a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity in our contemporary societies.Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a fourteen-year-old student... Read more

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Kafka on the Shore

By: Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Sean Barrett & Oliver Le Sueur
Length: 19 hours 6 minutes

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

This magnificent new... Read more

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

By: Hiro Arikawa
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

“I finished The Travelling Cat Chronicles while I was getting ready for work. I had to reapply my makeup because I had mascara streaming down my face. This book is witty, charming, emotional and poignant. It provides an absolutely beautiful commentary on human nature and relationships. Make sure you have your tissues ready. Even if you are not a... Read more

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The Mill House Murders

By: Yukito Ayatsuji
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

A hugely enjoyable classic Japanese mystery with an ingenious conclusion from the author of The Decagon House Murders, translated into English for the first time



Don't miss this beautifully constructed, highly entertaining and atmospheric murder mystery—its propulsive plot makes for a compelling listen.



As they do every year, a small group of... Read more

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

A Novel

By: Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Narrated by: Arina Ii
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

“There is a small cafe in Tokyo where you can travel through time. But there are rules. Rules that dissuade most of those who come to the cafe after hearing its legend. And there are regular customers who come with no intention of traveling through time.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a feel-good listen that tells the story of some of those cafe... Read more

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Tokyo Ueno Station (National Book Award Winner)

A Novel

By: Yu Miri
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes

WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN TRANSLATED LITERATURE

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A surreal, devastating story of a homeless ghost who haunts one of Tokyo's busiest train stations.


Kazu is dead. Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Japanese Emperor, his life is tied by a series of coincidences to the Imperial... Read more

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Pure Invention

How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World

By: Matt Alt
Narrated by: Matt Alt
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

The untold story of how Japan became a cultural superpower through the fantastic inventions that captured—and transformed—the world’s imagination.
 
“A masterful book driven by deep research, new insights, and powerful storytelling.”—W. David Marx, author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Japan is the forge of the world’s fantasies:... Read more

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The Woman in the Dunes

By: Kobo Abe
Narrated by: Julian Cihi
Length: 6 hours 14 minutes

The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.
 
After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he... Read more

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In Praise of Shadows

By: Junichirō Tanizaki
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

‘Were it not for shadows there would be no beauty.’ In Praise of Shadows is an eloquent tribute to the austere beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics. Through architecture, ceramics, theatre, food, women and even toilets, Tanizaki explains the essence of shadows and darkness, and how they are able to augment beauty. He laments the heavy... Read more

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The Ten Loves of Nishino

By: Hiromi Kawakami
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 5 hours

Bestselling and beloved Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop) tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him.



Each woman has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who drifted so naturally into their lives. Still clinging... Read more

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