REVIEW: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

In brief: Eyes is being bullied at school because of his lazy eyes. Kojima is also being bullied, so when she suggests that they become friends, it sounds like a good idea. The good: Kawakami manages to convey so much through just a sentence or two. The not-so-good: The bullying is brutally described. Why I... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura

In brief: A young woman is looking for a new job after a bad experience. An easy job, one that requires no reading, maybe at a desk, maybe outside. As she tries new jobs, she realises a job is about caring and meaning, not easiness. The good: Fun, quirky and sweet. The not-so-good: Left me... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

In brief: Tokunaga is trying to make as a comedian. When he meets Kamiya, he asks Kamiya to mentor him. Over the years, Tokunaga learns from Kamiya but it's not always the lesson intended. The good: In-depth, shocking and sweet. The not-so-good: A fairly short read. Why I chose it: I love Japanese fiction. Year:... Continue Reading →

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