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.

How to Use This Site

ReadJapaneseLiterature.com is a resource to help you start to read and enjoy Japanese fiction. Our podcast is a way to learn about the history of Japanese literature and some of its best works. (Listen to the first season in order for a broad survey.)

Our List of Japanese Fiction in English Translation is an index of titles that have been or are currently available in English. You can also find 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.

I’ve been learning Japanese since 2018.

You can find my reviews at Asian Review of Books.

Getting Started

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