Author(s): Kawakami, Hiromi (Y), Powell, Allison Markin,
Date of Publication: 06/08/2020,
Pagination: 224 pages,
Imprint: Granta Books
Published By: Granta Books
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation
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. This edition contains the bonus story, 'Parade', which imagines an ordinary day in the lives of this unusual couple.