TW Book Club: What We’re Reading This Month


Have you joined the Tokyo Weekender Book Club yet?

Come join us as we dive into (mostly) contemporary books that are either written by Japanese authors, are set in Japan, or have some sort of connection with Japan.

We read a new book every month! Previous reads include Sweet Bean PasteMs Ice Sandwich and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

What We’re Reading Now (October 2020)

There’s no doubt about it: autumn is here. As the days grow shorter and the nights stretch ever longer, our minds turn to darkness. Thrillers, murder and mystery!

Our October pick is The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo, one of Japan’s most notable crime thriller authors. Though originally published in 1946 as a serialized story, we didn’t get an English translation of this modern classic until 2019. Louise Heal Kawai provides an exceptional translation for this award-winning novel.


You can get your copy on Amazon or see if your local library carries it.

Coming Up Next (November 2020)

Riku Onda’s first book translated into English is a haunting tale of wrongful accusation, dubious testimonies and a bewitching sole survivor. The Aosawa Murders was translated into English earlier this year by Alison Watts. (Watch this space for a link to an interview with the translator!)

You can get your copy on Amazon or see if your local library carries it.

I’ve Got The Books, Now What?

To join the discussion, join our group on Goodreads, send us a note on Twitter or tag us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #TWBookClub to make it easier for us to find you!

One final request: please use common sense if you’re sharing something that may be considered a spoiler. Tag it, include a warning, or try to work around it.

How it Works

The book club is completely free and online-based so you can join us from wherever you are in the world.

We’ll announce our next picks every season so you have time to decide whether you want to join us for the few books or not.

The Goodreads TW Book Club group will be our main gathering point. This is where we’ll ask discussion questions, exchange opinions, rant about characters and talk about whatever else is on our minds.

We hope you’ll share your thoughts with us via the TW Book Club group on, on Twitter, and on our Instagram. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TWBookClub so we can find you.) We can’t wait to hear from you!

Something else to be excited about: we also plan on organizing exclusive in-person meetups and Q&As with authors and translators in the future.



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