For the J alphabet, I had to choose Japan since it is one country that fascinates me to no end. The land of the rising sun, cherry blossoms, food, and a culture rich society. Japan has it all with it varied, a mix of traditional and modern. Whether it is literature, culture, traditions, discipline or lifestyle, it sets the bar really high. Books are exceptional as well. Penance by Kanae Minato Kanae Minato is a Japanese writer of crime fiction and thrillers. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of Japan and the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan.