Short Stories Japan is a site dedicated to Japanese literature in English translation, especially short stories and “light novel” type works. The aim of this site is to introduce English speakers to the vast and largely untapped world of Japanese fiction, while providing a place for the translation community to interact with each other, and work together at developing their abilities.

You will find a wide and growing variety of literature here, ranging from work by famous Japanese authors to raw, unpublished work by emerging writers not yet in print. Where possible, links to the source Japanese have been provided, but even if you don’t read Japanese we think you’ll enjoy the English translations.

We welcome people who love Japanese literature, people who love translating Japanese literature, and especially people who know little about Japanese literature but love a good book.