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Ueno Station
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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RachelO
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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#7covers#7days #covercrush Day 5

Have you already done this @Hestapleton ? 7 covers, 7 days, no explanations, try and tag someone new each day...

I‘m enjoying doing this @sudi ! But I feel like I‘ve already raved about my favourite book covers, so there aren‘t many surprises here...

Hestapleton I need to start! You‘re the second person to tag me! 2mo
RachelO @Hestapleton No pressure! It‘s fun though 😊 2mo
batsy I was actually waiting for you to post this cover 😁 I love it! 2mo
sudi I love this cover 😍 and i'm glad you're enjoying the challenge 😊 2mo
RachelO @batsy I AM SO PREDICTABLE! 🤣🤣🤣 But I stand by my choice here! 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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Bailedbailed

I didn‘t get on with this - sadly, as I love Tilted Axis press and had high hopes for this one! An elderly homeless man reflects back on his life. It‘s a compassionate look at people living in poverty in Japan, but for me it lacked dramatic tension and was bleak. It failed the ‘am I looking forward to getting back to it?‘ test so I decided to let it go. But will keep an eye out for more work by Yu Miri.

RachelO Oh that‘s sad! I seem to be totally up for bleak Japanese fiction these days 🤷🏻‍♀️. My next Tilted Axis is lined up: 3mo
Abailliekaras @RachelO I know, I so wanted to love it! I haven‘t heard of the Yogini, will check it out. 😊 3mo
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charl08
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How the hell is lighting a fire supposed to tell your ancestors that this is your house? You mean to tell me that someone who's reached enlightenment as a Buddha needs a fire to tell them where to come back to?

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charl08
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Reading with coffee.

RachelO 💖🌸🌧 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I read this recently- very unusual. I liked it. 👍 7mo
charl08 @RachelO @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled fascinating read. Made me wonder what had made the author focus on the homeless in Tokyo. 7mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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Succint book translated from Japanese describing the life of a homeless man who lives in Ueno Park. Shame and despondency are a main cause of homelessness among this community. A unique and interesting story of the lives of the poor in Japan. Thanks for bringing this enlightening book to my attention, @RachelO

RachelO I‘m so glad you enjoyed it (and that it arrived)! 8mo
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RachelO
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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Pickpick

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A sad sad sad little book. Mainly pink with cherry blossoms and Redouté‘s roses, but turning yellow, the colour of autumn gingko leaves, in the last few pages. Beautifully written and one to re-read. I admit to having Japan tourist websites on hand, to trace the places/events/history described. A formerly homeless man looks back on his long life, and losses, listens in on other lives, and remembers from Ueno Park, Tokyo.

Suicide themes.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Can‘t wait to get my copy! 🥰 8mo
Soubhiville It sounds really interesting. How did you come across it? 8mo
batsy Lovely review 🌹 8mo
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RachelO @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I so hope you love it! I‘ll be watching out to see how you find it 🌸 8mo
RachelO @Soubhiville It‘s quite unique, I think. I‘ve got a subscription for the year to Tilted Axis Press www.tiltedaxispress.com - they‘re a small books-in-translation publisher here in the UK, run by Deborah Smith who translated the Vegetarian from Korean. I‘ll be getting all 5 of the novels/novellas they publish this year - this is the first one, and so far it‘s paying off! 8mo
RachelO @batsy Thank you 😊 8mo
RachelO And in the interests of keeping the challenges going, I‘ll add this to #Booked2019 #NewIn2019 and #ReadingWomenChallenge #FeaturesAReligionOtherThanYourOwn, in this case Pure Land Buddhism. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @thereadingwomen 8mo
Soubhiville Oh neat! Sounds like a unique box, and with a lot of potential for finding hidden gems! 8mo
RachelO @Soubhiville I‘ve always been a bit iffy about book subscriptions (I‘d rather spend the money on what I actually want!). This isn‘t actually a box, though - just the books - and I kind of trust them to feed me really interesting stuff that I won‘t find in a bookshop, even if it turns out to be not my thing. I‘m hoping for more hidden gems 💎🤞 8mo
Tanisha_A Awesome review! ❇️ 8mo
Abailliekaras Just started this one! 4mo
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RachelO
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This is a beautifully written/translated little book.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just ordered a copy on ebay, thanks to your posts!! I looked on Amazon and it was kindle-only, which is fine, but I wanted an actual copy since that cover is so cool. 8mo
RachelO @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘m so glad you found a print copy! I got something by the same publisher on kindle a couple of years back, and have been hankering after a print one ever since! And I was worried the book itself might be miserable. It‘s not (so far)! Sad, but beautiful. 8mo
Velvetfur Yes, that is beautifully written 😊💜 8mo
mhillis Can‘t wait to read this!! 8mo
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RachelO
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
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It arrived! 😍 #TiltedAxisPress

As there‘s no blurb in the database:
“Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Emperor, Kazu‘s life is tied by a series of coincidences to Japan‘s Imperial family and to one particular spot in Tokyo; the park near Ueno Station – the same place his unquiet spirit now haunts in death. It is here that Kazu‘s life in Tokyo began, as a labourer in the run up to the 1964 Olympics, and 👇

candority I‘m so intrigued by that cover! 8mo
batsy 😍😍 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm What an interesting and intriguing cover! 8mo
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RachelO ☝️ later where he ended his days, living in the park‘s vast homeless ‘villages‘, traumatised by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and enraged by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics.” 8mo
RachelO @candority @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it great? This publisher has some beautiful covers. 8mo
RachelO @batsy 😘 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - that cover and description! Stacked! 8mo
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RachelO
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How exciting is this? For Christmas, I was given a Tilted Axis Press subscription - they‘re a translated fiction publisher here in the UK who published Prabda Yoon (who I *may* have raved about last year). The sub gives me all 5 books they‘re publishing this year and the first one‘s on its way. I haven‘t had a book subscription before. Obviously I have Litsy to blame 😉.

Cathythoughts How exciting 🎉!! I‘ve never had a book subscription in my life either.... Litsy is the culprit for sure. Enjoy 😉 😊 9mo
RachelO @Cathythoughts 😂🤣😂 All those things we never knew we *neeeeeded*! 9mo
batsy Oh, that's lovely! All of their books sound amazing. And those covers 😍 9mo
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RachelO @batsy It feels like the height of luxury! And yes, the covers are 💙. I got the Yoon on kindle, and felt I might actually be missing out... 9mo
TrishB Looks fab 👍🏻 9mo
Cinfhen Lovely 9mo
AlaMich That cover!! ❤️ 9mo
Smarkies Sounds like a really interesting book subscription. 😁 9mo
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