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5 English Novelizations of Popular Japanese Anime

No Netflix? No problem! Here are five superb novelizations of Japanese anime that you can purchase right now. Can’t get enough of Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)? Try reading the light novel for a fresh take on the anime that brought you to tears.

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Kills, Thrills, Love and Loss: New Titles from Japan Make Great Summer Reads

Intriguing titles and exclusive adventures all from Japan and all in your hands with this year’s GaijinPot summer reading list.

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Great Japanese Writers: Ryu Murakami

From enfant terrible of the Japanese literary scene to master of its dark arts, Ryu Murakami’s sinister world and black humor have been delighting readers for more than four decades.

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Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?

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Great Japanese Writers: Miyuki Miyabe

Enjoy genre-jumping with this popular author who has written across science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, children’s fiction, young adult, fantasy, crime, thriller and horror

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Kazuo Ishiguro: Time Out of Mind

An overview of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels.

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Great Japanese Writers: Shusaku Endo

A deep dive into the work of some of Japan’s greatest writers.

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The Pure Land: 8 Japanese Novels Set Outside Tokyo

In Japan, the city of Tokyo seems to get all the attention as a setting in novels, but there are rich veins of fiction to mine if you're interested in stories set outside the megalopolis.

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