Shogun - James ClavellAs a gaijin (foreigner) preparing for my own adventure in Japan, Shogun was the perfect book for me last summer. An English pilot of a Dutch merchant ship finds himself shipwrecked on the East coast of Honshu, and is soon separated from his crew. To survive, he has to adapt to the alien customs of feudal Japan and carve a space for himself in a tumultuous political arena. An epic and perhaps unparalleled introduction to traditional Japanese culture – with an engrossing, intricately woven plot to boot.

Set across Japan.

Recommended by @lewisalloyd.

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