Jovial Japan: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

The Buttontapper Challenge is back! This month’s challenge is Seussily titled “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” and will feature a new destination, daily, with inspiration from film and literature.

Today we’re traveling to Japan.

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Films featuring Japan

If you’ve seen any Godzilla movies, congratulations: you’ve definitely seen a movie set in Japan! Here’s a short list of Hollywood flicks set in the country that you may also have seen:

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  • Adrift in Tokyo
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • The Karate Kid Part II
  • Lost in Translation
  • Mr. Baseball
  • Silence
  • You Only Live Twice


One of my favorite Japanese films that’s been subtitled for an English-speaking audience is Tampopo, a comedy that’s all about the Japanese obsession with ramen:

Books set in Japan

And, of course, there are thousands of books set in Japan as well. If you’re a fan of Haruki Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto, you’ve already read half a dozen of them. Here are a few more to add to your reading list:

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  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
  • The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe


Have you ever been to Japan?

What did you enjoy most about visiting this country?