10 Books Set in Japan Books full of Eastern promise Japan is a land rich with possibilities for authors keen to explore its unique history and diverse culture. We've selected ten books set in this most enigmatic of countries. 1. A Tale for the Time Being Ruth L. Ozeki 2. Canal Dreams Iain Banks 3. Night Boat Alan Spence 4. Number9dream David Mitchell 5. The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Edmund De Waal 6. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro 7. Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami 8. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 9. One Morning Like a Bird Andrew Miller 10. Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto Tags: Japan View the discussion thread.