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Sweet Bean Paste
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
Sentaro has failed: he has a criminal record, drinks too much, and hasnt managed to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer. Instead, he works in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days listlessly filling the pastries. Until one day an elderly, handicapped woman enters the shop. Tokue makes the best bean paste imaginable, and begins to teach Sentaro her art. But as their friendship flourishes, societal prejudices become impossible to escape, in this quietly devastating novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
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Robotswithpersonality
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Upcoming reads: all about translated Japanese fiction and a splash of pink. 💕

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SanjanaGhosh
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I just realised this is the 2nd book I've read in a row which features a dessert xD

Lunakay What's the other one? :D 3d
SanjanaGhosh @Lunakay Love and Gelato xD 2d
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Moll
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Poignant and beautifully simple and inspiring....and it made me cry😂 I loooooved the characters with my whole heart, especially Tokue, and perhaps even moreso I loved the points the book made about the purpose/meaning to be found in every single life❤

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AbstractMonica
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This was a very slow-paced novel, but it was beautifully written. A troubled man is working at a dorayaki shop. He is apathetic with no real purpose, and suddenly finds himself working alongside an elderly woman that is able to find the beauty in everything.

They soon share a bond due to their dark pasts, and he starts to see the world through different lenses.

I loved the tone and imagery the author set. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Moll
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#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn

April - very happy with the below😊 Super active, I hit my reading goal & Action For Happiness has been great:
- 4 yoga sessions
- 15 cardio pilates workouts
- An 11 mile walk
- 2 books read
- 21 Action for Happiness actions

May goals below😁

Moll I think I found my rhythm with workouts in April (took me an age to figure out a new rhythm in a post-lockdown world, but I got there)! Being specific about when I want to work out rather than saying 'just as much as possible' (although that's still ultimately the case) has been really helpful; I decide a week in advance and base it on what time I have left around the other things I have on that week🙌 A goal for May is to keep this up😁 5mo
Moll The same is the case with yoga😊 5mo
Moll I want to very much keep going with Action for Happiness - I'm keen to attend more of the webinars they run and I've joined a group to meet other people involved in it😁 5mo
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Moll As for reading, I am sticking with my goal of at least 2 books😊 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Moll @wanderinglynn 😁😁 4mo
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Moll
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Next up!

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AbstractMonica
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Started this one last night. Within the first chapter I was salivating over the descriptions of the dorayaki 🤤(Japanese pancakes stuffed with sweet bean paste). Reading a bit more this morning before I start my work trainings for the day.

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lumbricuslibri
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Short and sweet.
Japanese literature really tugs at my heartstrings and makes me think about life.

mackelie I have just received this one and looking forward to reading it! 5mo
lumbricuslibri @mackelie Hope you enjoy it! 5mo
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lumbricuslibri
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lumbricuslibri
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'Bean paste is very difficult, you know. Listen, lady—err, Ma'am. Have you ever made it?'

'I certainly have. I've been making it for fifty years.'

Sentaro almost dropped the dorayaki he was about to put in a paper bag. 'Fifty years?'

'Yes, half a century. Bean paste is all about feeling, young man.'

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lumbricuslibri
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"I'm just browsing."

I lied.

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sailu112
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This book took me to a beautiful place and left me with a sense of contentment about life. This quote is going to live with me “I began to understand that we were born in order to see and listen to the world. And that's all this world wants of us. It doesn't matter that I was never a teacher or a member of the workforce, my life had meaning.”

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RaeLovesToRead
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Next up, for September's #12booksof2021 , I choose Sweet Bean Paste.

What on the surface seemed a simple and heartfelt story, had deeper, heartbreaking layers beneath.

Also, look at its gorgeous cover 💕

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booksandsympathy
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These are my favorite books from the second half of the year. I don't read a ton of nonfiction, but two nonfiction books made it into my top books. I tagged Sweet Bean Paste because it was a wonderful surprise that I stumbled across, had never heard of, and absolutely love. It definitely deserves more attention.

Dragon Arsenic and Adobo was a fun read - the food sounded incredible 💚🐉 9mo
booksandsympathy @Dragon I agree! I felt like I didn't read a lot of "fun" books this year and really want to get back to that again this year. 9mo
Dragon @booksandsympathy I‘m with you - I want to read more light hearted books in 2022 👍 9mo
booksandsympathy @Dragon I think after the past two years, we all need more light heartedness. 9mo
Dragon 👍💚🐉 9mo
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asterese
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Signing off of 2021 with this last post, my favorite book of this year. ?

"People's lives never stay the same colour forever. There are times when the colour of life changes completely."

2021, you were a real challenge, maybe even more so than 2020, and that was an epic struggle in itself. No pressure, 2022, but I'm placing my hopes in you. ???

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booksandsympathy
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Look at how perfectly they replicated the book cover for the movie poster. Now I want to find the movie so I can see if it's as absolutely gorgeous as the book.

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booksandsympathy
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This book was absolutely beautiful!

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booksandsympathy
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"It‘s my belief that everything in this world has its own language. We have the ability to open up our ears and minds to anything and everything. That could be someone walking down the street, or it could be the sunshine or the wind."

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llwheeler
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Do two books count as a #bookhaul? I think so.

It's been a while since I treated myself to some new ebooks (non-freebies, at least, though these were on sale) and I'm excited for both of these very different books!

Jari-chan Sweet Bean Paste is on my TBR list too 😊 10mo
llwheeler @Jari-chan it looks really good 10mo
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booksandsympathy
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Next book up on Libby: Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, & his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. He spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue begins to teach him her craft of making dorayaki, but soon her past catches up with her.

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asterese
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"He didn‘t have that notice in the window because business was so busy he needed help. He simply wanted somebody around for company. Dorayaki weren‘t much as conversation partners."

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asterese
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Give this book all the stars. It was a beautiful story from beginning to end. There's just something about Japanese literature that makes you think about the meaning of life, and it's not such a bad thing to think about that from time to time.

⭐: 5

(Photo in the background belongs to Jelleke Vanooteghem)

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Smrloomis
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Forgot to post a review but I loved this. I returned it to the library and then promptly tried to get someone else to borrow it 😂. It didn‘t work but I‘m sure someone will pick it up. I hope more people read this book!

bookaholic1 Sounds good 12mo
Smrloomis @bookaholic1 it was! 😍 12mo
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Smrloomis
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And now for something totally different from what I just finished…

AutumnRLS I just looked this up on Amazon and the other two they recommend to buy with it are Convenient Store Woman and When the Coffee Gets Cold. Both of which I loved. Sold! Can't wait to read it. 12mo
Smrloomis @AutumnRLS Yesss! I‘m loving it so far! 12mo
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Angitron
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A slow, bittersweet read that felt like a warm hug. I loved this one‘s sweet, intimate story and its cast of characters.

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RaeLovesToRead
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This went much deeper than I was expecting.

I was expecting a saccharine, life-affirming cliché-fest, but once you find out what Sweet Bean Paste is really about, it's quietly devastating.

This little book was full of heart and made me consider certain tragedies that had barely - in this modern age - crossed my mind before.

Highly worth a read ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ast_Arslan It's a beautiful book 🤩 13mo
tenar Perfect review of this lovely book! 13mo
RaeLovesToRead @tenar Thank you! 😊 13mo
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charl08
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Next up!

Emilymdxn I loved sweet bean paste! 13mo
charl08 @Emilymdxn I am enjoying it. Although it is making me hungry. 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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August's Bingo card.

Still haven't finished (or properly got into) Sweet Bean Paste despite this being the second time I've had it as either book spin or double spin... and it being a buddy read with my friend Danni.

No Bingo this month... on to September!

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RaeLovesToRead
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I've started this one and already I get the impression it's going to be heartwarming. Not sure I'm in the mood to have my heart warmed. Similarly not sure I'm in the mood for scary clowns today, so I guess I'm reading Oathbringer before bed 😅

Ast_Arslan This is a nice one! ❤😉 13mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This was a Bookstagram Recommendation. Wonderful story of friendship and needing to have purpose in life. I also learned at lot about Hansen‘s disease.

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Ast_Arslan
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs
#JulyJourneys

Day 13 - #Japan

One day I will finally visit this fascinating Country ✈❤

Eggs I‘d like be to as well! Nicely done ✅🇯🇵❤️ 1y
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Smarkies
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Truth be told - I bought this book years ago because I found the cover charming. Picked it off my shelf recently for #japan for #readingasia2021 .
A charming story about friendship and life with an additional plot about leprosy and its societal implications in Japan.

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Tsalm1
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Book 7 of 2021: Sweet Bean Paste - This book was a delight. Such an easy read, so heartwarming and well constructed, just a beautiful story. I definitely recommend it.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Didn't get a Bingo last month so let's see if I can do better this month!!!! (It's not looking likely given how slowly I'm making progress, but hey ho.)

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slategreyskies
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My updated #BookSpinBingo board. I‘m having so much fun! Still haven‘t gotten either my #bookspin or #doublespin read yet, though. :)

TheAromaofBooks Looking good!!! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Look at you go!!! 2y
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slategreyskies
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I really loved this book. I liked its gentle rhythm. I think it was really well done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was my last book for #slumpathon. Thanks for hosting, @Hestapleton ! I read more than I expected to and had fun!! :)

Tamra This has been on my TBR for so long! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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New book!!!!

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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

"Sweet Bean Paste” is a wholesome story of unlikely friendship. I loved the simplicity of this Japanese tale, but I didn‘t finish this book with a any strong feelings for it. This was a 3 star read for me.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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“We were born in order to see and listen to the world.”.
This book was so touching, subdued, but profound in its simplicity. I took heed to the character Tokue‘s advice tonight and sat on my terrace and listened to the rain and watched the lightning. Lovely, quick read. #Japan

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beaconhillbooks
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Read it in a day loved it.

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TheEllieMo
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OriginalCyn620 Pretty cover! 2y
BookishMe Love this story! 2y
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xicanti
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Sometimes I just don‘t have a fancy supper in me.

I‘m about 60 pages from the end of SWEET BEAN PASTE, and it‘s wonderful in a heartbreaking way. Unfortunately, neither Scribd nor my library has more of Durian Sukegawa‘s work, but when I searched the latter I learned there‘s a film adaptation of this book. I hope I‘ll get to see it.

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xicanti
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I read a bit more of I AM A CAT while my Brussels sprouts were roasting, and now I‘m ready to start SWEET BEAN PASTE. It‘s a Japanese kind of night.

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TheEllieMo
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I loved this slightly whimsical but also very moving story. Sentaro works in a confectionery shop, making a traditional Japanese #snack, dorayaki. With a criminal record and a drink problem, he‘s failing at life. Can the arrival of Tokue bring about a #ReversalOfFortune for Sentaro?

#ReallyRandomFebruary @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

#FebruaryFeels @Eggs

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚❤️ 3y
Eggs Good double play 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Tagged! It was the selection from my cousin for last year's annual autumn book swap.
2. I got new bedding on Monday.
3. No specific plans
4. 11
5. Will do!
@howjessreads #friyayintro

ImperfectCJ Someone else from a big family! I'd never counted my uncles before and the number surprised me so much I had to count three times to make sure I'd got it right. 3y
Coleen_Nieto @ImperfectCJ I had to count a few times too! 3y
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TheEllieMo
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1. The tagged book is a whimsical Japanese novel about a man whose life is enriched by an old lady who helps him out in his food stall. I loved it.

2. Flying, I think.

3. Gemini

4. Dressing up vintage-style for Gloucester Goes Retro tomorrow, no idea after that!!

5. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

TheSpineView Flying would be a cool super power! 3y
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mreads
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Sweet bean paste is #biginjapan it's a popular sweet treat used to top and fill a wide variety of Japanese confections. And the book of the same name is a charming and simple story, about social acceptance and discrimination relating to a medical condition and the purpose and meaning of life.

#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

JennyM This sounds lovely. I‘m stacking 😊 3y
Cinfhen I‘m loving ALL these titles today 😍 3y
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen all Japanese titles today look great! 3y
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RealLifeReading
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March was a great month for reading! These were some of my faves. And here are the stats:

10 new-to-me authors
12 female authors
7 authors of color
2 romance novels
3 nonfiction
2 comics
2 audiobooks
10 ebooks
7 print books
6 speculative fiction
2 poetry
3 YA

19 books in total

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Cydster61
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I blame @RealLifeReading ! Saw this on Goodreads as an update from Sharlene, ordered it from the library and it came in fast. I have A LOT of books going right now and did not need another one but I took a look last night, thinking I'd read a quick chapter...and here I am almost 50 pages in. 😉

RealLifeReading Hooray!! Isn‘t it a lovely read? And doesn‘t it make you want to eat dorayaki? 4y
Cydster61 Yes! 4y
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RealLifeReading
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I was really quite inspired by this book about a dorayaki seller and tried making my own dorayaki. Although I only had tinned bean paste, it turned out great!
I wrote about the book and the dorayaki making on the blog
https://reallifereading.com/2019/03/23/reading-sweet-bean-paste-and-making-doray...

BookNAround I just bought this book on Thursday! I was at a bookstore that had a pretty good translated fiction section and this sounded really good. 4y
RealLifeReading @booknaround hope you like it! 4y
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