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Although they are more historical fantasy, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series sounds like something he might like. The first book is Across the Nightingale Floor.
Another suggestion is Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka and his other books.
This one has a wishlist line, but looks interesting:
If you go to the links for any of these books you should see tags for Japan Fiction, Japanese Fiction, and Samurai. Browse through those for more choices. I have never read any of the books I listed, although I do have a copy of Across the Nightingale Floor on its way to me right now.
I hope you find what you are looking for. Good luck!
Thought of one! Okay, this is not historical fiction, but it's an exciting book that almost reads like fiction. The book is Samurai William: The Englishman who Opened Japan by Giles Milton. I really enjoyed this book.
The Devil of Nanking by Hayder, Mo
Buddha Kiss by Tasker, Peter
oops ...he's already read the Musashi series..lol
The Perfumed Sleeve and Shinju by Rowland, Laura Jo
Autumn Bridge by Matsuoka, Takashi
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