The following is the monthly ranking of bestsellers released by book wholesaler Nippan Shuppan Hanbai Inc. (NIPPAN) on August 31:
[Convenience store people]
In this book, Murata writes about her real-life experience working at a convenience store. Murata won the 155th Akutagawa Prize for this book, In order to gain inspiration for characters and plots, she continues to work as a part-time employee at a convenience store even after winning prestigious literary prizes, including the Mishima Yukio Prize.
2. Donnani Karadaga Katai Hito demo Bettato Kaikyaku Dekiruyoni Naru Sugoi Hoho by Eiko
[Anyone can do a full split]
This book introduces exercises to help people become more limber and achieve their flexibility goals.
3. Nademonogatari by Ishin Nishio
Nademonogatari is a Japanese light novel series about the supernatural. The book was illustrated by Taiwanese illustrator Vohan. The novel is the 21st volume of the Monogatari series. Nishio is a novelist and manga artist.
4. Umi no Mieru Rihatsuten by Hiroshi Ohihara
[A barber shop with a view of the sea]
Ogiwara received this year’s Naoki Prize for this book. It is a collection of stories describing the complicated love-hate relations of families. Ogiwara has been nominated as a Naoki Prize candidate five times.
5. Rikuo by Jun Ikeido
“Rikuo” is a novel about a long-established manufacturer of tabi (traditional Japanese socks) trying to enter the running shoes business by taking advantage of its expertise in making tabi.