Academic Androids
Impressions of academic work on literature, media, posthumanism, and Japan.

Adventures in (Post) Gradland
Smart, critical, and enlightening adventures in Japanese media and society.

Boku no Jikenbo
Fascinating posts on Japanese mystery fiction and video games.

Brain Vs. Book
Posts on Japanese fiction and comics from a superstar translator with excellent taste.

Eiga Files
Reviews and short essays on contemporary Japanese cinema.

English Light Novels
Up-to-date news and summaries of translated light novels.

GAR GAR Stegosaurus
Insightful and humorous reviews of anime, manga, and light novels.

How to Japanese
Short essays on translation and reading Japanese literature in Japanese.

Japan Monogatari
A Hebrew-language blog about Japanese literature and Japan through literature.

Lines from the Horizon
A brilliant Japanese book review blog with an emphasis on literary fiction.

The Lobster Dance
Intelligent and fun editorials about culture, society, feminism, and Japan.

Lori Morimoto
Analysis of transnational popular culture with a focus on cinema and television.

Manga Bookshelf
Short but well-written and opinionated reviews of recent manga releases.

Manga Comics Manga
Showcasing manga and global comics and comics creators.

Manga Worth Reading
Short and fun reviews of recent English-language manga releases.

Matthew Meyer
Gorgeous illustrations of Japanese legends and yōkai.

Michael K. Bourdaghs
Words and photographs of Japanese literature, music, film, politics, and sports.

Nishikata Film Review
Beautifully illustrated essays on indie films and animation.

Nubui Kuduchi
An intelligent and well-written blog about Japanese history and art.

News and reviews of yuri manga with occasional essays on manga and comics.

Otaku Champlooo
Intelligent and informative essays and reviews of BL manga.

Rachel Thorn
Original, intelligent, and informative short essays on shōjo manga.

Read Japanese Literature
A useful series of posts contextualizing Japanese literary fiction.

Spoon & Tamago
A gorgeous blog about Japanese art, design, and culture.

Three Steps Over Japan
Essays, reviews, and photography of visual culture and manga from Japan.



European Association for Japanese Studies
A multidisciplinary association of scholars and researchers focusing on Japan.

The primary listserv for Japan Studies scholars.

Japan Focus
Open-access academic articles on contemporary Japanese society.

Japanese Library Resources
A convenient umbrella website for online Japanese information resources.

Japanese Literature in English
A searchable database of translated Japanese literature.

Manga Research Group
An ongoing symposium hosted by the the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

SCBWI Japan Translation Group
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators translation group in Japan.

Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (SWET)
An active community for Japan-related writing professionals.



Bento Books
Specializing in translations of contemporary Japanese fiction and nonfiction.

Chin Music Press
Specializing in beautifully published Japan-related books.

Specializing in contemporary Japanese science fiction.

Kurodahan Press
Specializing in Japanese dark fantasy and speculative fiction.

One Peace Books
Specializing in light novels and niche-audience manga.

Red Circle
Specializing in handsome chapbook editions of Japanese short stories.

Stone Bridge Press
Specializing in nonfiction about Japan and Asia.

Strangers Press
Specializing in gorgeously printed chapbooks.

Tuttle Publishing
Specializing in Japan-related nonfiction, with a large catalog of Japanese classics.

Specializing in contemporary Japanese genre fiction and seinen manga.


Magazines that Publish Translations of Japanese Fiction




Kyoto Journal

Monkey Business

Words Without Borders



Academic Journals with Essays on Japanese Literature

Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies

Japanese Language and Literature

Journal of Japanese Studies

Monumenta Nipponica

US-Japan Women’s Journal


Academic Journals with Essays on Japanese Pop Culture

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology

Asian Studies Review

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture


Japan Studies Review

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Journal of Popular Culture


positions: asia critique

Transformative Works and Cultures


If you came to this page looking for resources relating to research on Japanese literature, I highly recommend the Yale University Library’s Guide to Japanese Literary Studies.