Please recommend (English language) books set in Japan, of the magical reality genre. I'm looking for well-written prose (or great translations thereof), quirky characters (with exaggerated traits), a touch of the supranatural (other worldliness), and ideally, a bit of humor in the mix. I love most of Rushdie's work and García Márquez', and thoroughly enjoyed Okri's famished road. What might I like?
What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
I'm looking for books about Osaka. [more inside]
Loved "The Inland Sea" by Richie. Recommendations for something comparable set in modern Japan? The more recent the better. Bonus points for Kindle/iBooks availability.
Looking for some recommended books and media about Shinto, especially the history, tenets and practices of it. [more inside]
I'm interested in learning about Japanese history pre-1900. What book(s) should I be reading? [more inside]