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About Arukiyomi

I’m simply a guy walking through life and learning more and more as I go.

I lived in Japan for many years. Enter any bookshop in Japan and you will find people standing about reading – sometimes for hours. It’s such a literary culture that they even have a word for this – tachiyomi, literally “stand” and “read.”

Robert Louis Stephenson once said that one should read and travel at every opportunity, preferably at the same time. Like him, I prefer to be on the move than standing still.

Arukiyomi is my own little Japanese coinage; walk and read.

25 comments… add one
  • Dancin' Fool 5 May, 2007, 4:06 pm

    Hello! Thanks for adding an explanation and what a fantastic background story for your blogging name! And a sound philosophy, walking and reading! It is not what I was expecting.

    Thanks again and be visiting you again soon.

  • Josette 12 May, 2007, 10:56 pm

    Cool! Japan is a nice country, I’d like to go there someday. And it’s nice to know that they are bookworms, too. Do they really stand for hours? Won’t they feel tired??? Haha!

  • Leah 26 June, 2007, 1:17 pm

    I love things Japan and I love books and reading, so I’ve been haunting this site since I stumbled on it at LibraryThing.com, reading your excellent reviews…even though a lot of the time I don’t agree with you (you’re so harsh to books I love! lol…), I really enjoy reading your impressions and seeing things from a different perspective. So keep it up, this is awesome! 😀


  • Kevin Egan 25 September, 2007, 5:48 pm

    Hello! I found your blog through a friend’s site and just wanted to throw a quick question your way:

    Do you know any places to get used English books in Japan? Preferably of the cheap variety? I too have been living in Japan for quite a few years and have yet to find any place worth mentioning. Maruzen in Marunouchi has a nice selection of new books at decent prices and Kinokuniya in Shinjuku has a massive English language selection but the prices aren’t all that great.

    Your advice would be much appreciated. 🙂 Does Book Off sell English books?

  • Arukiyomi 26 September, 2007, 8:49 pm

    thanks for the comment Kevin. Unfortunately, I never lived in Tokyo. I bought books via amazon.co.jp and found that the best deal actually. As for second-hand, there were a few places in Nagoya I visited but they weren’t great. Book Off didn’t sell any English stuff where I lived.

  • Kevin Egan 27 September, 2007, 1:44 pm

    No problem! Thanks for the info.

    Nagoya, huh? The area is supposedly very nice, but I’ve never been there myself. My brother-in-law lives there so you’d think I’d have been there already.

    Great blog, by the way!

  • whichwaydidshego 14 January, 2008, 10:38 pm

    You have inspired me to do a reading blog of my own. I enjoyed your spreadsheet, but enjoyed your site even more. I am a nomadic reader myself. I discovered this literary journal through a post on goodreads.com… and I thank you!

    Would you be willing to share this CSS with me? While I don’t want to duplicate what you have created here, there are some things I’d like to incorporate, and the link to Roy Tanck (“theme by”) is no longer active.

    I will be in China, South Korea, and Japan in May and am very excited for it, as thus far my adventures and misadventure have only taken me through parts of Europe and across much of the US. I look forward to reading more of your excursions in literature and in life.


  • Murasaki 15 January, 2008, 12:50 am

    I just discovered this great site- thanks, Arukiyomi. I too have lived in Japan for years, mainly around the Nagoya area, now in the UK and heading back to Tokyo in March.

    Kevin, there is an English book shop in Takadanobaba, Tokyo called Blue Parrot. Turn right out of Baba station, Waseda exit and it’s on your left.

    I love the arukiyomi idea- travelling and reading- you can’t get much better than that. The phrase might just catch on. I’ll be using it from now on.

  • Vilg 5 August, 2008, 2:39 am

    Great download, thanks !!!

    Line 764 is incorrect. It lists The House on the Borderland, but that book is by William Hope Hodgson, not Arnold Bennett. It looks like Bennett slipped down from the previous line.

  • Arukiyomi 5 August, 2008, 7:42 am

    aha! Thanks for pointing that out. I am in the process of producing v2 of the spreadsheet so that is very helpful info.

  • Heather 10 November, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Love LOVE LOVE your spreadsheet and thank you ever so much for doing it, it is beautiful. Nerd question for you though, how on earth did you manage to get the TBR/R column to change colors like that? I have been trying to figure that out for months. Please enlighten me, oh master of the excel….

  • ybonesy 6 January, 2009, 12:50 am

    Hi, I just found you through Robin at Bogs. Clicked on your avatar for some bizarre reason, and wa-la, now I see that you are a reader. And a reviewer. Very useful. I will be looking into your spreadsheet. We once published about 100 books to read before dying, but 1001—wow.

  • cipriano 8 February, 2009, 6:22 am

    Just revisiting, as I do frequently, I am reminded of how much I love the entire aesthetic SET-Up of your website.
    It is truly wonderful.
    It has a look I have not seen elsewhere. A uniqueness.
    Terrific content.

  • Eddie 27 March, 2009, 2:39 am

    Wow. This is a wonderful site– your reviews are good reading, and you’ve read So much, and the site design is superb– I’m glad I came across it. I just subscribed through GoogleReader.

    • Arukiyomi 28 March, 2009, 12:35 am

      Wow back Eddie. Thank you so much for the kind comment. I hope you enjoy future reviews.

  • Xeni 19 November, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I really enjoy using your spreadsheet, it’s useful anyway, and I don’t have to code my own! (Although I might, because I want more fields).

    As things stand, though, I could really do with an app for my iPhone. So if you ever feel like learning how to code that, please advertise somehow, because I would so buy it right off!

    • Arukiyomi 20 November, 2010, 9:58 pm

      lots of requests for this but I have neither the time, the skill nor the technology to make this happen… sorry

  • Dean 28 February, 2012, 6:14 am

    I think you’d like Lionel’s ‘Final Missions’. I’ll print you’re review tro take to him next time I visit him. He is very open about ‘literary licence’ but employs it mostly to overcome writing/memory/records limitations . He is a wonderful man and a global treasure. Thank you for telling people about this book.

  • Kwadwo 30 March, 2012, 11:05 am

    walk and read…

    I never thought of reading this way.

  • Nikita 26 July, 2012, 7:31 am

    I love what you are doing. Happened to look at your blog today for the first time ever( and I literally regret missing out on such a wonderful website). I find it so hard to believe that someone can read so much…all the time…books ranging from the worst to the best. You deserve a salute. Will regularly check on your posts because I truly believe…There’s nothing better in this world than to read… 🙂

    Thankyou for what you’re doing!!!

  • Michael 23 April, 2020, 6:58 pm

    Are you going to do an albums version of the official 1001 lists?

    • John 27 April, 2020, 6:06 am

      At the moment, I’m afraid not Michael. Each spreadsheet takes a lot of work to put together and maintain, especially as there are multiple editions of the 1001 albums list to reconcile. These days, I just don’t have the time. Sorry about that, but maybe it’s something I could consider for the future.

  • Hans 24 May, 2020, 10:52 am

    Hi John
    Thanks for your great review in Goodreads on ‘Bury my heart at Wounded Knee’.
    I would like to follow you. But you have blocked the option in Goodreads?

    • John 4 July, 2020, 2:28 pm

      Hi Hans… I don’t think so. I can’t see anything on the site and I’ve had a couple of friend requests there since your comment. Sorry that it’s taken me so long to reply but I’ve been really busy decorating an entire house!

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