Erotic Tales from Japan: The Many Shades of Sexual Love

Dr. Maryellen Toman Mori has collected this collection of erotic Japanese tales that have been translated into the English language for the first time. It is a collection of 17 stories, written by both male and female authors.


"... has been designed to enable readers of literature in English to experience the pleasures of Japanese erotic fiction, and thereby to broaden their imaginative and intellectual horizons. Perhaps this evocative volume will even encourage them to attempt their own variations. The anthology has stimulated me to give its readers a glimpse into some of the relevant aspects of modern Japanese literary-cultural history."
Prof. Suzuki Sadami,
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto

Table of Contents




Translator's Preface: Forests of Desire, Rivers of Delight Erotic Currents in Twentieth-Century Japanese Fiction (Introduction)


Authors and Works in Context

Tamura Toshiko, A Spring Evening (1914)

Shibusawa Tatsuhiko, Sounds Divine (1984)

Ikeda Masuo, Dedicated to the Aegean Sea (1976)

Okamoto Kanoko, The River (1937)

Mishima Yukio, Haruko (1947)

Tamura Toshiko, Demon (1912)

Hiruma Hisao, Tchaikovsky’s Dance (1991)

Mori Mari, The Golden Snake (1965)

Nakagami Kenji, River Nymph (1978)

Yamada Eimi, The Heavenly Right Hand (1994)

Edogawa Ranpo, The Human Chair (1925)

Minagawa Hiroko, Crimson Hell (1990)

Ōe Kenzaburō, Dark Is the River, Heavy My Oars (1958)

Takagi Nobuko, Drifting (1993)

Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Fumiko’s Feet (1919)

Takahashi Takako, The Spiral Staircase (1972)

Tatematsu Wahei, Bower of Bliss (1991)



Works Consulted for Biographical Data on Authors

Editions Used for Translations

Suggestions for Further Reading

About the Anthologist

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