ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Easy Life in Kamusari by Shion Miura
Monday 3 April 2023
The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Free for Japan Society Members
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‘A rapturous novel where the contemporary and the traditional meet amid the splendor of Japan's mountain way of life.’ Yuki Hirano is just out of high school when his parents enroll him, against his will, in a forestry training program in the remote mountain village of Kamusari. No phone, no internet, no shopping. Just a small, inviting community where the most common expression is "take it easy." In this warm and lively coming-of-age story, Miura transports us from the trappings of city life to the trials, mysteries, and delights of a mythical mountain forest.
Shion Miura made her fiction debut in 2000 with Kakuto suru mono ni maru (A Passing Grade for Those Who Fight). In 2006, she won the Naoki Prize for her story collection Mahoro ekimae Tada Benriken (The Handymen in Mahoro Town). Her other novels include Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru (The Wind Blows Hard), Kogure-so monogatari (The Kogure Apartments), and Ano ie ni kurasu yonin no onna (The Four Women Living in That House). Fune o amu (The Great Passage, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter) received the Booksellers’ Award in Japan in 2012 and an Earphones Award and was made into an award-winning film. The second book in the Kamusari series (Kamusari Tales Told at Night 神去なあなあ夜話) was also published in translation in 2022.
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