My name is Alison Fincher and I love Japanese literature.

Why Japanese Literature?

Many English-speakers are familiar with manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animated movies). Some of us have read especially famous Japanese authors like Haruki Murakami. But Japanese literature is as rich and varied as literature in English.

Personally, I like Japanese literature because it is unexpected and concise. A lot of Japanese novels keep me on my toes until the very end. Many contemporary Japanese novels tell a compelling, satisfying story in less than 200 pages.

How to Use This Site

ReadJapaneseLiterature.com is a resource to help you start to read and enjoy Japanese fiction. Our (Not Comprehensive) List of Japanese Fiction in English Translation is an index of titles that have been or are currently available in English. As the site grows, we’ll be adding reading lists, reviews, and other information about Japanese books and authors.

Who Am I?

My name is Alison Fincher. My first love is English literature. I have a master’s degree in English from Oxford University, and I taught middle and high school English for almost a decade.

In 2019, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a trip to Japan. I did a little fiction reading to prepare myself for the trip and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Getting Started

Ready to read? Check out my list of favorite Japanese novels.

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