The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories : Part 5
A Very Strange, Enchanted Boy by Tsushima Yuko. A story that tricks the reader into thinking the story is about a child, but by the end it is clear that it is about the boy's mother. Elegant, with a very good ending.
The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami Haruki. This is about an elephant vanishing. It is by Murakami - and therefore just brilliant.
Desert Dolphin by Shimada Masahiko. Evocative and very imaginative story about a fallen angel.
Dreaming of Kimchee by Yoshimoto Banana. The realisation of happiness - an unusual story, and a good one to end this generally excellent collection of stories. I enjoyed each one.