Steph’s Choice: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
For anyone who likes a good murder mystery, this book is a must. Keigo Higashino is like the Steig Larson of Japan and has a huge cult following. I literally flew through this book in two days and really enjoyed it. Even though it was set in Tokyo, I can’t say it taught me much about the country beyond a few names for Japanese household appliances. Still, its a great read and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I will definitely read a few more of Higashino’s books.
Sami’s Choice: Bad Girls of Japan
This book is a collection of essays by different authors (western female academics) about Japanese women who have transgressed boundaries and limits which have been set by the very patriarchal Japanese society. It was not the most thrilling of reads as some essays were extremely academic, however, others were very informative and insightful.
Nu’s Choice: Wickle Woo has a Halloween Pary by Jannie Ho
This book really has nothing to do with Japan but we were in Kyoto for Halloween and wanted Nu to learn about it because he kept pointing out the pumpkins and ghosts everywhere. Funnily, the Japanese people get really into decorating for Halloween but on the actual day their were no candies or costumes in sight! We attempted a samurai costume for Nu but this was as close as we could get. The mustache is courtesy of the palak paneer he ate for dinner.