Strange Weather in Tokyo, Paperback Book
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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.


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A lovely, quiet book. I read it in about three hours. About a socially awkward 37 year old woman who encounters and becomes friends with one of her former highschool teachers. The whole book is very much focussed on their relationship. And food and drink. A lot of drink. The descriptions of food are mouthwatering. The only two things I didn't care much for were a rather long dream sequence, and weirdness with quotation marks. I borrowed it through interlibrary loan, and now I'm going to have to find a print copy to keep.