Modern Japanese Short Stories

Modern Japanese Short Stories : An Anthology of 25 Short Stories by Japan's Leading Writers

3.98 (181 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-12 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Modern Japanese Short Stories is a remarkable collection of Japanese stories from the pioneers of contemporary Japanese literature. This volume's twenty-five stories by as many authors display a wide range of style and subject matter offering a revealing picture of modern Japanese culture and society. The stories in this anthology include: Tattoo by Junichiro Tanizaki a large spider tattooed on the back of a young woman results in unexpected changes Autumn Mountain by Ryunosuke Akutagawa vivid memories of a beautiful painting leads a man to wonder if the it ever actually existed. The Priest and His Love by Yukio Mishima a Buddhist priest finds his path to enlightenment challenged after falling in love. The Moon on the Water by Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata a young woman who cared for her ailing first husband through most of their marriage regrets remarrying after his death. Featuring a new foreword by Japanese literary scholar Seiji Lippit and striking woodcut illustrations by Masakazu Kuwata, the stories are translated by the editor, Ivan Morris, and Edward Seidensticker, George Saito, and Geoffery Sargent. This collection of short stories shows why Japanese literature is so highly valued today it teaches not only about Japan, but about the human condition and the possibilities of art.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 203 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Japan
  • English
  • Translation
  • 25 black and white woodblock prints; 25 short stories
  • 4805315245
  • 9784805315248
  • 275,074

Review quote

"Offering readers a doorway into the past and gorgeously illustrated by black-and-white Japanese woodblock prints, [this] is a worthy collection to savor." -The Japan Times "Modern Japanese Short Stories is a moveable feast of the richness, complexity, and depth of a land that is all too often reduced to clumsy stereotypes and broad brush strokes. For readers who hunger for more, it is a rare jewel that continues to bedazzle despite the unrelenting passage of time and tide." - The Hawai'i Herald "Here is another excellent and thorough collection of 25 short stories...Some stories are quite simple in plot, provoking the reader to stop and reflect...but other stories are great windows into the social scenery." - "...Successfully reflecting and presenting in a short story anthology format the literary value of Japanese literature, Modern Japanese Short Stories is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections in general, and Japanese Literature supplemental studies lists in particular." - Midwest Book Review
show more

About Ivan Morris

Ivan Morris (1925-1976) was a highly regarded figure in the field of Japanese studies. He was a professor at Columbia University from 1960 to 1973 where he was head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He is known for his work on Japanese history and literature, though his numerous books, articles, and translations reflect the familiarity he had with all aspects of Japan. Seiji M. Lippit is Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Topographies of Japanese Modernism and the editor of The Essential Akutagawa. He has written widely on 20th century Japanese literature and translated numerous works of fiction and criticism.
show more

Rating details

181 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 31% (57)
4 43% (77)
3 20% (36)
2 4% (8)
1 2% (3)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X