(NIPPAN: October 30)
The following is the monthly ranking of bestsellers released by book wholesaler Nippan Shuppan Hanbai Inc. (NIPPAN) on October 30:
1. Kodoku no Gurume by Jiro Taniguchi
Kodoku no Gurume is a Japanese cuisine manga series written by Masayuki Kusumi and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. A lonely businessman travels through Japan, eating at restaurants and experiencing local specialties. It has been adapted into a Japanese television drama series, which is now being aired every Friday night.
2. Hanabi by Naoki Matayoshi
Hibana is the well-known first novel of Naoki Matayoshi, a Japanese comedian. The book won this year’s Akutagawa Prize, a Japanese literary award established in memory of author Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Matayoshi writes about laughter and the meaning of life. The novel has sold more than 2 million copies.
3. Oroka Monogatari by Ishin Nishio
Ishin Nishio is a novelist and manga writer. According to the author, this book is a story about three foolish girls.
4. Yokina Gangu wa Mittsu Kazoero by Kotaro Isaka
[Cheerful gang, count three]
The author, Kotaro Isaka, says he hopes people will enjoy reading this book about an unrealistic bank robbery. Kotaro Isaka is often referred to as a mystery writer.
5. Atarashii Dotoku by Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano, a famous Japanese director and comedian, says in this book that before moral education is introduced as an official school subject in 2018, adults should seriously think about Japanese morals.