Japanese Book Club by Japan Fans

Reading is, of course, a great way to get to know a country and a culture. That is why we have a Japanese book club!

Every month, we choose a Japanese book to read together (you can choose in which language you read it) and discuss it in our Facebook group.

Some Japan Fans take this to the next level – they write book reviews of the works they read, approach writers and authors for interviews, and/or try to read the book in Japanese… it’s all up to you.

Want to join in? Then send a message to Martine.

Latest articles of the Japan Fans Book Club

From Genji to Murakami: Getting Started with Japanese Literature

This article was written by a member of the Japan Fans community. Two years ago, I embarked on a challenging journey to learn the Japanese language. This was in no small part aided by the wonderful Japan Fans community in Utrecht, but also by my profound love for Japanese literature….


“The Cat Who Saved Books”

In January 2023, the Japan Fans Book Club read “The Cat Who Saved Books” by Sôsuke Natsukawa. Japan Fan Elisa from Utrecht wrote a short book review. Japanese cover of “The Cat Who Saved Books” Cats in Japanese Literature Cats have long held a revered place in Japanese literature, and…


The Lost World Exhibition

Maan means Moon and from the 16th of May onwards, she invites her audience to join her on a journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. This blog post is a personal reflection on the opening of Maan’s “The Lost World Exhibition”. This beautiful invitation to Maan’s exhibition The…


“The Travelling Cat Chronicles” by Hiro Arikawa

This month, the Japan Fans Book Club is reading “The Travelling Cat Chronicles” by Hiro Arikawa. Iqra is a Japan Fan from Pakistan who read this book (in English) and shares her impressions below. Thank you, Iqra! As John Butler explains (source), cats enchant the Japanese, who have a variety…