Japan Booksellers' Award

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Japan Booksellers' Award
CountryJapan
First awarded2004
Websitehontai.or.jp

Japan Booksellers' Award (本屋大賞, Hon'ya Taishō, lit. "Bookstore Award") is an annual Japanese literary award. It is awarded based on votes by bookstore clerks from all over Japan.[1]

Winners[edit]

Nr. Title Author Score Publisher Notes
2004
1 Hakase no Aishita Sūshiki (博士の愛した数式)
English translation: The Housekeeper and the Professor
Yōko Ogawa 202 Shinchōsha
  • Made into a movie in January 2006
  • Made into a radio play in March 2006
2 Kuraimāzu Hai (クライマーズ・ハイ) Hideo Yokoyama 148 Bungeishunjū
3 Ahiru to Kamo no Coin Locker
 (アヒルと鴨のコインロッカー, ~Koinrokkā)
Kōtarō Isaka 111 Tōkyō Sōgensha
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
  • Made into a movie in May 2007
4 Eien no Deguchi (永遠の出口) Eto Mori 109 Shūeisha
5 Jūryoku Pierrot (重力ピエロ) Kōtarō Isaka 099 Shinchōsha
  • Made into a movie in May 2009
6 4TEEN Ira Ishida 076 Shinchōsha
  • Made into a movie and a television drama
7 Dead End no Omoide (デッドエンドの思い出) Banana Yoshimoto 054 Bungeishunjū
8 Shūsen no Lorelei (終戦のローレライ, ~Rōrerai) Harutoshi Fukui 051 Kōdansha
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
  • Released as manga in March 2005
  • Made into a movie titled Lorelei in July 2005[note 1]
9 Onmoraki no Kizu (陰摩羅鬼の瑕) Natsuhiko Kyōgoku 038 Kōdansha
10 Rarara Kagaku no Ko (ららら科學の子) Toshihiko Yahagi 038 Bungeishunjū
2005
1 Yoru no Picknick (夜のピクニック) Riku Onda 374 Shinchōsha
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
  • Made into a movie in September 2006
2 Ashita no Kioku (明日の記憶) Hiroshi Ogiwara 302 Kōbunsha
3 Iemori Kitan (家守綺譚) Kaho Nashiki 274 Shinchōsha
  • Made into a radio play titled Seishun Adventure
     (青春アドベンチャー) in Feb. 2005
4 Fukurokōji no Otoko (袋小路の男) Akiko Itoyama 185 Kōdansha
  • Made into a radio play in April 2009
5 Children (チルドレン) Kōtarō Isaka 155 Kōdansha
  • Made into a television drama in May 2006
  • Made into a movie in November 2006
6 Taigan no Kanojo (対岸の彼女)
English translation: Woman on the Other Shore
Mitsuyo Kakuta 153 Bungeishunjū
  • awarded Naoki Prize
  • Made into a television drama in January 2006
7 Hannin ni Tsugu (犯人に告ぐ) Shūsuke Shizukui 138 Futabasha
  • Made into a movie in Oct. 2007
8 Ōgonryofū (黄金旅風) Kazuichi Iijima 102 Shogakukan
9 Watashi ga Katarihajimeta Kare wa (私が語りはじめた彼は) Shion Miura 092 Shinchōsha
10 Sono Toki wa Kare ni Yoroshiku (そのときは彼によろしく) Takuji Ichikawa 074 Shogakukan
  • Made into a movie in June 2007
2006
1 Tōkyō Tower — Okan to Boku to Tokidoki Oton
 (東京タワー 〜オカンとボクと、時々、オトン〜)
Lily Franky[note 2] 279 Fusōsha
  • Made into a TV drama in 2006/2007
  • Made into a movie and reworked for the theater in 2007
2 South Bound (サウスバウンド) Hideo Okuda 196.5 Kadokawa Shoten
  • Made into a movie in Oct. 2007
3 Shinigami no Seido (死神の精度)
English translation: The Precision of the Agent of Death[note 3]
Kōtarō Isaka 190 Bungeishunjū
  • awarded Mystery Writers of Japan Award
  • Made into a radio play in Oct. 2006
  • Made into a movie titled Sweet Rain
     (『Sweet Rain 死神の精度』, "~Accuracy of Death") in March 2008
4 Yōgisha Ekkusu no Kenshin (容疑者Xの献身)
English translation: The Devotion of Suspect X
Keigo Higashino 184.5 Bungeishunjū
5 Sono Hi no mae ni (その日のまえに) Kiyoshi Shigematsu 179.5 Bungeishunjū
  • März 2007 radio play
  • Nov. 2008 movie
6 Narratage (ナラタージュ) Rio Shimamoto 162 Kadokawa Shoten
7 Kokuhaku (告白) Kō Machida 152.5 Chūōkōron Shinsha
8 Beruka Hoenainoka? (ベルカ、吠えないのか?)
English translation: Belka, Why Don't You Bark?
Hideo Furukawa 152 Bungeishunjū
9 Kenchō no Hoshi (県庁の星) Nozomi Katsura 141 Shogakukan
  • 2005 manga version
  • 2006 movie
10 Sakura (さくら) Kanako Nishi 135 Shogakukan
11 Maō (魔王) Kōtarō Isaka 103 Kōdansha
2007
1 Isshun no Kaze ni Nare (一瞬の風になれ) Takako Satō 475.5 Kōdansha
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
  • 2008 TV drama
  • 2007 manga version
2 Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome (夜は短し歩けよ乙女) Tomihiko Morimi 455 Kadokawa Shoten
3 Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuite Iru (風が強く吹いている) Shion Miura 247 Shinchōsha
  • Oct. 2009 movie
  • Jan. 2009 theater adaptation
  • Dec. 2007 radio play
4 Shūmatsu no Fool (終末のフール) Kōtarō Isaka 228 Shūeisha
  • manga version first published in Mankaku[note 4]
5 Toshokan Sensō (図書館戦争) Hiro Arikawa 176 MediaWorks
6 Kamogawa Horumo (鴨川ホルモー) Manabu Makime 175 Sangyō Henshū Center
7 Mīna no Kōshin (ミーナの行進) Yōko Ogawa 152.5 Chūōkōron Shinsha
8 Kagehinata ni Saku (陰日向に咲く) Hitori Gekidan 139 Gentōsha
  • Jan. 2008 movie
9 Ushinawareta Machi (失われた町) Aki Misaki 127.5 Shūeisha
10 Na mo Naki Doku (名もなき毒) Miyuki Miyabe 089 Gentōsha
2008
1 Golden Slumber (ゴールデンスランバー)
English translation: Remote Control
Kōtarō Isaka 509.5 Shinchōsha
2 Sacrifice (サクリファイス) Fumie Kondō 312 Shinchōsha
3 Uchōten Kazoku (有頂天家族, lit. The Eccentric Family) Tomihiko Morimi 280.5 Gentōsha
  • 2009 radio play
4 Akunin (悪人)
English translation: Villain
Shūichi Yoshida 233.5 Asahi Shimbun-sha
5 Eigahen (映画篇) Kazuki Kaneshiro 227.5 Shūeisha
6 Yōkame no Semi (八日目の蝉)
English translation: The Eighth Day
Mitsuyo Kakuta 225 Chūōkōron Shinsha
  • awarded Chūōkōron Literature Prize
  • 2010 TV drama
  • 2011 movie (Rebirth)
7 Akakuchiba-ke no Densetsu (赤朽葉家の伝説)
English translation: Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas
Kazuki Sakuraba 213.5 Tōkyō Sōgensha
8 Shika Otoko Ao ni Yoshi (鹿男あをによし) Manabu Makime 196.5 Gentōsha
  • 2008 TV drama
  • 2008 manga version
9 Watashi no Otoko (私の男) Kazuki Sakuraba 129.5 Bungeishunjū
10 Kassiopeia no Oka de (カシオペアの丘で) Kiyoshi Shigematsu 126 Kōdansha
  • 2008 TV drama
2009
1 Kokuhaku (告白)
English translation: Confessions
Kanae Minato 411 Futabasha
2 Nobō no Shiro (のぼうの城) Ryō Wada 328 Shogakukan
3 Joker Game (ジョーカー・ゲーム) Kōji Yanagi 243.5 Kadokawa Shoten
4 Tempest (テンペスト) Eiichi Ikegami 228.5 Kadokawa Shoten
  • 2011 theater adaptation
  • 2011 TV drama und manga version
5 Box! (ボックス!) Naoki Hyakuta 214.5 Ōta Shuppan
  • 2010 movie
6 Shin Sekai yori (新世界より, lit. From the New World) Yūsuke Kishi 207.5 Kōdansha
7 Shussei Zenya (出星前夜) Kazuichi Iijima 203.5 Shogakukan
8 Itamu Hito (悼む人) Arata Tendō 203.5 Bungeishunjū
9 Ryūsei no Kizuna (流星の絆) Keigo Higashino 139 Kōdansha
  • 2008 TV drama
10 Modern Times (モダンタイムス) Kōtarō Isaka 135 Kōdansha
2010
1 Tenchi Meisatsu (天地明察) Tow Ubukata 384.5 Kadokawa Shoten
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
  • 2012 movie
2 Kamisama no Karte (神様のカルテ) Sōsuke Natsukawa 294.0 Shogakukan
3 Yokomichi Yonosuke (横道世之介) Shūichi Yoshida 270.0 Mainichi Shimbun-sha
4 Kamusari Nānā Nichijō (神去なあなあ日常) Shion Miura 256.0 Tokuma Shoten
5 Neko o Daite Zō to Oyogu (猫を抱いて象と泳ぐ) Yōko Ogawa 237.0 Bungeishunjū
6 Heaven (ヘヴン) Mieko Kawakami 220.0 Kōdansha
7 Fune ni Nore! (船に乗れ!) Osamu Fujitani 209.0 Jive
8 Shokubutsu Zukan (植物図鑑) Hiro Arikawa 182.5 Kadokawa Shoten
9 Shinzanmono (新参者) Keigo Higashino 130.5 Kōdansha
10 1Q84
English translation: 1Q84
Haruki Murakami 091.5 Shinchōsha
  • awarded Mainichi Publishing Culture Award
2011
1 Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de (謎解きはディナーのあとで) Tokuya Higashigawa 386.5 Shogakukan
  • 2011 TV drama
2 Fugainai Boku wa Sora o Mita (ふがいない僕は空を見た) Misumi Kubo 354.5 Shinchōsha
3 Penguin Highway (ペンギン・ハイウェイ) Tomihiko Morimi 310.0 Kadokawa Shoten
4 Ikari o Ageyo (錨を上げよ) Naoki Hyakuta 307.5 Kōdansha
5 Schumann no Yubi (シューマンの指) Hikaru Okuizumi 270.5 Kōdansha
6 Sakebi to Inori (叫びと祈り) Yū Shizaki 263.0 Tōkyō Sōgensha
7 Aku no Kyōten (悪の教典) Yūsuke Kishi 259.5 Bungeishunjū
8 Kamisama no Karte 2 (神様のカルテ2) Sōsuke Natsukawa 259.0 Shogakukan
9 Kiken (キケン) Hiro Arikawa 241.0 Shinchōsha
10 Story Seller (ストーリー・セラー) Hiro Arikawa 202.0 Shinchōsha
2012
1 Fune o Amu (舟を編む) Shion Miura 510.0 Kōbunsha
2 Genocide (ジェノサイド)
English translation: Genocide of One
Kazuaki Takano 355.5 Kadokawa Shoten
3 Pieta (ピエタ) Masumi Ōshima 324.0 Popular-sha
4 Kuchibiru ni Uta o (くちびるに歌を) Hirotaka Adachi
(pseudonym: Otsuichi)
265.0 Shogakukan
5 Hitojichi no Rōdokukai (人質の朗読会) Yōko Ogawa 213.0 Chūōkōron Shinsha
6 Yurigokoro (ユリゴコロ)
English translation: Nan-Core
Mahokaru Numata 208.0 Futabasha
7 Dareka ga Tarinai (誰かが足りない) Natsu Miyashita 173.5 Futabasha
8 Biburia Koshodō no Jiken Techō
Shioriko-san to Kimyō na Kyakujintachi

 (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖
―栞子さんと奇妙な客人たち
)
En Mikami 153.0 ASCII Media Works
9 Idai Naru Shurarabon (偉大なる、しゅららぼん)
English translation: The Great Shu Ra Ra Boom
Manabu Makime 137.5 Kadokawa Shoten
10 Prism (プリズム) Naoki Hyakuta 072.0 Gentōsha
2013
1 Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko (海賊とよばれた男) Naoki Hyakuta 278.0 Kōdansha
2 Rokuyon (64)
English translation: Six Four
Hideo Yokoyama 266.0 Bungeishunjū
3 Rakuen no Canvas (楽園のカンヴァス) Maha Harada 238.5 Shinchōsha
4 Kimi wa Ii Ko (きみはいい子) Hatsue Nakawaki 212.5 Popular-sha
5 Fukuwarai (ふくわらい) Kanako Nishi 182.0 Asahi Shimbun Shuppan
6 Seiten no Mayoi Kujira (晴天の迷いクジラ) Misumi Kubo 167.0 Shinchōsha
7 Solomon no Gishō (ソロモンの偽証) Miyuki Miyabe 149.5 Shinchōsha
8 Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara (世界から猫が消えたなら) Genki Kawamura 145.5 Magazine House
9 Hyakunenhō (百年法) Muneki Yamada 139.5 Kadokawa Shoten
10 Shisha no Teikoku (屍者の帝国) Project Itoh
Toh EnJoe
109.0 Kawade Shobo Shinsha
11 Mitsukuni Den (光圀伝) Tow Ubukata 108.0 Kadokawa Shoten
2014
1 Murakami Kaizoku no Musume (村上海賊の娘) Ryō Wada 366.5 Shinchōsha
  • awarded Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers
2 Yūbe no Curry, Ashita no Pan (昨夜のカレー、明日のパン) Izumi Kizara 332.0 Kawade Shobo Shinsha
3 Shima wa Bokura to (島はぼくらと) Mizuki Tsujimura 299.0 Kōdansha
4 Sayōnara, Orange (さようなら、オレンジ) Kei Iwaki 274.5 Chikuma Shobo
5 Toppin Parari no Pūtarō (とっぴんぱらりの風太郎) Manabu Makime 267.5 Bungeishunjū
6 Kyōjō (教場) Hiroki Nagaoka 243.0 Shogakukan
7 Lunch no Akko-chan (ランチのアッコちゃん) Asako Yuzuki 221.0 Futabasha
8 Sōzō Radio (想像ラジオ) Seiko Ito 213.5 Kawade Shobo Shinsha
9 Sei naru Namakemono no Bōken (聖なる怠け者の冒険) Tomihiko Morimi 156.0 Asahi Shimbun Shuppan
10 Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare (去年の冬、きみと別れ)
English translation: Last Winter We Parted
Fuminori Nakamura 136.0 Gentōsha

Excellent translations[edit]

Nr. Title Author Translator Publisher Notes
2012
1 Hanzai (犯罪) Ferdinand von Schirach Shinichi Sakayori Tōkyō Sōgensha Crime
2 Kami no Tami (紙の民) Salvador Plascencia Hikaru Fujii Hakusuisha The People of Paper
3 Memorī Wōru (メモリーウォール) Anthony Doerr Masae Iwamoto Shinchōsha Memory Wall
Wasurerareta hanazono (忘れられた花園) Kate Morton Junko Aoki Tōkyō Sōgensha The Forgotten Garden
2013
1 Taigāzu Waifu (タイガーズ・ワイフ) Téa Obreht Hikaru Fujii Shinchōsha The Tiger's Wife
2 Shitchi (湿地) Arnaldur Indriðason Yumiko Yanagisawa Tōkyō Sōgensha Jar City
Rupan, Saigo no Koi (ルパン、最後の恋) Maurice Leblanc Atsushi Hiraoka Hayakawa Publishing Le Dernier Amour d'Arsène Lupin
3 2666 Roberto Bolaño Fumiaki Noya
Akifumi Uchida
Ryoichi Kuno
Hakusuisha 2666
Fukai Kizu (深い疵) Nele Neuhaus Shinichi Sakayori Tōkyō Sōgensha Tiefe Wunden
2014
1 HHhH Laurent Binet Kei Takahashi Tōkyō Sōgensha HHhH
2 11/22/63 Stephen King Ro Shiraishi Bungeishunjū 11/22/63
Korīni Jiken (コリーニ事件) Ferdinand von Schirach Shinichi Sakayori Tōkyō Sōgensha The Collini Case
Harorudo Furai no Omoi mo Yoranai Junrei no Tabi
(ハロルド・フライの思いもよらない巡礼の旅)
Rachel Joyce Yoshiko Kamei Kōdansha The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full title: Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean
  2. ^ Real name: Masaya Nakagawa (中川 雅也)
  3. ^ Passport to Crime: Finest Mystery Stories from International Crime Writers. Running Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7867-1916-7.
  4. ^ Mankaku (漫革) was a special issue of the weekly magazine Young Jump. The issue was published by Shueisha in 1994–2008.

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