Online Book Club: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Online Book Club: Japanese Literature
Online Book Club: Japanese Literature
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In October, we will discuss this popular contemporary book: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.
It is a short story about a young protagonist who had lost her only relative and struggled to recover from the loss. Through the unique situation afterward, she was touched by the kind heart in people and started to accept her new life...
It’s a great book to feel the sensitive & changeable emotions of the modern day people, and to take a look at ordinary things in Tokyo described beautifully through the eye of the heroine.
Since it was first published in 1988, it’s been read by millions of people across the world. It was also adapted into movies.

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This event will be co-organized with the same meetup group in Sydney, Australia. Please read the book before the meetup and we are looking forward to hearing your impressions and thoughts!

In this book club, we plan to discuss these books below. (subject to change depending on members' preference) Your recommendations are most welcome.

In 2020
November: Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
December: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

In 2021
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe