Strange Weather in Tokyo

Hiromi Kawakami


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Granta Books
4 April 2024
ISBN: 9781803510170
224 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Markin Powell

Included in the BEST OF GRANTA series: a new edition of the bestselling Japanese novel, by the Akutagawa Prize-winning author

A tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance. '

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.

Strange Weather in Tokyo is perfectly constructed, warmly funny and deeply moving. This edition contains the bonus story, 'Parade', which imagines an ordinary day in the lives of this unusual couple.

'A dream-like spell of a novel, full of humour, sadness, warmth and tremendous subtlety. I read this in one sitting and I think it will haunt me for a long time' - Amy Sackville

'Kawakami transforms an affecting cross-generational romance into an exquisite poem of time and mutability.... Delicate and haunting' -  Independent