"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."
During the past two years, I have read five mysteries by Scotland's Denise Mina, three by Iceland's Arnaldur Indridason, two by Ireland's Benjamin Black, and one by Italy's Andrea Camilleri. It is time, then, for me to expand my mysteriousness to Japan.
I plan to start with All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe. The Amazon product description not only sounds intriguing, but also contemporary to our love of plastic money:
"Recovering from a leg injury, a 43-year-old Tokyo police inspector named Shunsuke Honma realizes how out of touch he has become when a relative asks him to make some private inquiries into the disappearance of his fiancée. While he wasn't paying attention, it seems that everyone in the country but Honma has been caught up in a consumer feeding frenzy--going into heavy debt and declaring bankruptcy at a snowballing rate. This engrossing story of the search for happiness through shopping marks the first appearance in English of one of Japan's leading writers."
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