A review by sofiazee
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

emotional reflective relaxing sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Tsukiko, a woman in her late thirties with few friends and lonely, chanced upon her former high school Sensei in a bar she frequented. Sensei is at least 30 years older than Tsukiko, but they formed a bond, faintly at first, and then stronger.

This dreamy little book was organised in short chapters that could stand alone as short stories. Quiet and contemplative. Writing was restraint and distant, and I didn't realise I have actually bonded with the characters until the final chapter :'(

Quick read for a rainy day at home with a hot cuppa tea.

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