What we're reading at our house...
In a former life, I worked for a company with several major Japanese clients. During that time, I spent two years learning Japanese language. Although I never achieved proficiency in reading Kanji, the study incited an interest in Japanese literature, which fortunately, is well represented in English translations, as is Haruki Murakami in particular, who has been a deep influence upon my own fiction writing.
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is a tasty collection of tales, some of them not so short by western short-story standards. It includes one of Murakami's stories, and an insightful introduction by him.
The collection was curated by Jay Rubin, who, among many other accomplishments, has translated several of Murakami's novels.