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Best Books about Japan and Japanese culture

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The Roads to Sata: A 2000-mile Walk Through Japan (Origami Classroom)
The Roads to Sata: A 2000-mile Walk Through Japan (Origami Classroom)
"A charming account of a walk through rural Japan. Funny, poetic and sad; a superb insight into Japan's country folk."
For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan
For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan
"Explores Japanís wild places and wildlife, an adventurous & humorous account of two years spent in small town, backcountry Japan. Great for JETs/TEFL. Disclaimer: I'm the author."
Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan (Kodansha globe series)
Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan (Kodansha globe series)
"More great insight into the lesser-trodden paths of Japan by Alan Booth"
Snow Search Japan
Snow Search Japan
"Excellent guide to the ski resorts of Japan - a must for any skier/snowboarder looking for information, advice and inspiration on Japan's snow country"
Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers
Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers
"A quirky little book about Japan's drainhole cover art; great to have on your coffee table"
The Apprentice
The Apprentice
"A novel set in a 1900s Japan, buried in snow. Dark, evocative and mysterious"
The Inland Sea
The Inland Sea
"A charming account of old Japan;certainly worth reading if you have an interest in the Inland Sea area, rural Japanese life, or Japan in general."
Shogun: The First Novel of the Asian saga: A Novel of Japan
Shogun: The First Novel of the Asian saga: A Novel of Japan
"Classic novel about shipwrecked sailors who land in Japan before the country opened to foreigners. Fiction - but based on a lot of fact"
Tokyo Vice
Tokyo Vice
"Fascinating expose on the Yakuza written by an American journo. Reveals the dark side of Japan."