If you're looking for a light fluffy read, Murakami's stuff is not the stuff for you. Not confusing Ryu's work with Haruki Murakami, same name different authors not related.
Ryu Murakami was the writer of Audition. He was the one who first sparked my interest into the Asian horror scene. I've always been a huge fan of British and American writers like Stephen King and James Herbert but their work is becoming more and more mild as they age, with Stephen King moving onto things like Crime and Drama I'm craving something scary and raw and 'In The Miso Soup' really delivered that for me, while it is not a long read.. from you the moment you begin it captures you and really makes you continuously read.. I personally completed this in two hours.. that's solidly reading as well so.. make sure you have a drink or something before you do that.
The main characters are Kenji, a tour guide for tourists in Japan who are looking for more than just a party and his new customer Frank, a man with more than just one secret, multiple personalities and a look that would make anyone question his motives. While Frank has more than enough money took keep Kenji out, Kenji develops a strange feeling about Frank after he continuously debates about homeless people, sex workers and Japanese life in general. From there on, you'll have start reading it because Franks stranger than he seems.
When reading this book, remember that if you're reading this, it was originally in Japanese so there are a few mistakes, mainly things you wouldn't notice unless you read twice or didn't quite get the sentence.
Ryu Murakami also wrote Audition and Piercings.. Audition was remade into a film (subtitled into English) which features Ryo Ishibashi who featured in the American remakes of The Grudge 1 & 2 and Suicide Club (a Japanese bunny horror) and Eihi Shiina who also featured on Tokyo Gore Police and had a small part in Outrage. Audition is next on my list to read but I do not have Piercings.
In The Miso Soup retails for £8.99 in the UK currently but is very hard to find as I found that the waterstones always told me the Asian books I wanted to read were 'not being published any longer' but then.. were on the website to be dispatched in 24 hours.