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Strange Weather in Tokyo

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Author(s): Hiromi Kawakami

Location(s): Japan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass – from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms – Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love. Perfectly constructed, funny, and moving, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance.

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Set across a Japanese background – from Pachinko parlours to Disneyland – this is a slow unfolding of a relationship, where neither party wants to overstep the mark. An examination of manners and interchanges...

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