Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan charts the enormous social and cultural changes that have taken place in Japan in the last twenty years. This collection of short stories features up-to-date and exciting writing from the most popular award-winning authors in Japan today. These wildly imaginative and boundary bursting stories unfold fascinating and unexpected personal responses to the shattered bubble economy, sometimes with a playful magic realism, and sometimes by pulling back the covers on a dark backlash to the mass media immersion Japan’s youth culture has undergone in the last two decades. Along with some of the world’s best-known Japanese authors, this collection also includes writers making their English language debut. Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan is the first short story collection of its kind to capture the unlimited range of imagination and excellence in Japanese fiction today.

Digital Geishas is available as an e-book from the Amazon Kindle Store and the Barnes & Noble Nook Store.

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Here are stories that arrive from our global future...

—Paul Anderer, Professor of Japanese, Columbia University

"The contemporary short stories in this collection, at times subversive, astonishing and heart-rending, are brimming with originality and genius.

—David Dalton, author of Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol

The real strangeness in contemporary Japanese fiction ... comes in the bizarre and marvelously engaging version of the fantastic that some of the writers present.

—Alan Cheuse, book critic, NPR was a fitting way to help students compare the "traditional" ways outsiders (and many Japanese) perceive Japan with something far more contemporary, and to also help students understand how there are still continuities between the Japan of the past and the present...

—Richard Leitch, Gustavus Adolphus College

Awesome collection of short stories!

About the Author

Editor Helen Mitsios also edited New Japanese Voices: The Best Contemporary Fiction from Japan, which was twice listed as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. She co-authored the memoir Waltzing with the Enemy: A Mother and Daughter Confront the Aftermath of the Holocaust.

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