Book Club


The JETAA Portland Book Club meets once each season to discuss works from Japanese authors and books related to Japan and Japanese culture. Please contact the book club here or here if you are interested in joining.

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Book Reviews


36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan by Cathy Davidson
American Fuji by Sara Backer
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
The Only Woman in the Room by Beate Sirota Gordon
Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Color of the Sea by John Hamamura
The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson
I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan by Bruce Feiler
Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Tokunaga
Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse by Matsutaro Kawaguchi
Naoko by Keigo Higashino
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein
The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Audition by Ryu Murakami
Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights as a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess by Lea Jacobson
Bento Box in the Heartland by Linda Furiya
The Doctor’s Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi
Exploring Japanese Literature: Reading Mishima, Tanizaki, and Kawabata in the Original by Giles Murray
Getting Wet: Adventures in the Japanese Bath by Eric Talmadge
The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
Japanland: The Year in Search of Wa by Karin Muller
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Life in the Cul-De-Sac by Senji Kuroi
Losing Kei by Suzanne Kamata
The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo–and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry
Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
Singular Rebellion by Saiichi Maruya
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Lucy Birmingham
The Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family by Lauren Kessler
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta
Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan by Leslie Helm

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
Dreaming Pachinko by Isaac Adamson
Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb
Madame Sadayakko: The Geisha who Bewitched the West by Lesley Downer
Translucent Tree by Nobuko Takagi
Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

The Bridegroom was a Dog by Yoko Kawada
The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa by Yasunari Kawabata


The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.