I just read "The Pure Land" by Alan Spence. It's such an awesome piece of work, and anyone who likes Japanese culture owes themselves to read this! It's a unisex book too, so it works whether you're mail or female
It's about the life of Tom Glover- a scottish guy who leaves his home country for the "edge of the world" (Japan) in 1700-something. The book follows him- through his sexual escapades with courtessans, through a marriage with a Japanese woman who dies during childbirth, one more marriage, his trading business, when he learns the way of the samurai, his encounters with the Shogun and the rise of the, even today, well-known company that he built, with the help of previous samurai.
It's a story based on true events, and it's simply magnificent... you'll also learn a few basic phrases of Japanese and it's very entertaining with it's very morbid sense of humour
Just read it!
Oh... and right now, I'm reading "Around The World In A Bad Mood" by Renee Foss, "Travelling By The Seat Of My Pants" by Marsha Marks and "Air Babylon" by Imogen Edwards. All of these are stories told by flight attendants and everyone who's an aviation enthusiast or a frequent traveller should read the books- not only will it help you understand if your f/a is a bit moody, it'll also shed a bit of light on the corrupt way of various airlines- it's a hilarious read, that's for sure!