Strange Weather in Tokyo

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi Kawakami

First Sentence:     His full name was Mr Harutsuna Matsumoto, but I called him ‘Sensei’.

Back of the book:

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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Last Sentence:     It holds nothing more than an expanse of desolate absence.