I'm looking for great books, fiction/non-fiction/historical...any will do, about Japan. Japanese history, Japanese society, Japanese culture...I'm just looking to read and learn more about the country, and if that knowledge is presented in compelling prose, even better.
I understand that that covers a lot of ground, so I'll list the themes in order of (my) interest:
- Classical and Feudal Japan.
- The clash between modern Japanese culture and traditional Japanese culture.
- The contemporary shape of Japanese society. Hierarchy, social classes, foreign relations and perceptions, gender/race/sexuality etc.
- The Meiji Restoration period
- World War 2 Japan.