Overview - "A beautiful translation...Yoshimoto deploys a magically Japanese light touch to emotionally and existentially tough subject matter: domestic disarray, loneliness, identity issues, lovesickness... a] nimble narrative." ― ELLE In Moshi Moshi , Yoshie's much-loved musician father has died in a suicide pact with an unknown woman. Read more...
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"A beautiful translation...Yoshimoto deploys a magically Japanese light touch to emotionally and existentially tough subject matter: domestic disarray, loneliness, identity issues, lovesickness... a] nimble narrative." ―ELLE
In Moshi Moshi
, Yoshie's much-loved musician father has died in a suicide pact with an unknown woman. It is only when Yoshie and her mother move to Shimokitazawa, a traditional Tokyo neighborhood of narrow streets, quirky shops, and friendly residents that they can finally start to put their painful past behind them. However, despite their attempts to move forward, Yoshie is haunted by nightmares in which her father is looking for the phone he left behind on the day he died, or on which she is trying-- unsuccessfully--to call him. Is her dead father trying to communicate a message to her through these dreams?
With the lightness of touch and surreal detachment that are the hallmarks of her writing, Banana Yoshimoto turns a potential tragedy into a poignant coming-of-age ghost story and a life-affirming homage to the healing powers of community, food, and family.
- ISBN-13: 9781619027862
- ISBN-10: 1619027860
- Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
- Publish Date: December 2016
- Page Count: 200
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
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In her deft handling of an unconventional coming-of-age story, Yoshimoto (Kitchen) begins with the mysterious death of Mitsuharu Imoto, keyboard player in the popular rock band Sprout, in what appears to be a love murder-suicide in a forest in Ibaraki with a woman whod apparently been a distant relative. Mitsuharus 20-something daughter, Yoshie, wanting to separate herself from the loss of her father, moves from the familys tony Meguro apartment to the fashionable Tokyo neighborhood of Shimokitazawa, where she discovers her passion in the culinary world. Yoshies mother, feeling her husbands death profoundly despite the salacious circumstances, moves in with her daughter; in their own alternately wise and awkward ways, the two help each other come to terms with their new lives. Yoshies recurring dream that her father is trying to contact her on the phone coincides with her exploring her own future and her sexuality with Shintani-kun, a frequent customer at the bistro where Yoshie works, and the older Yamazaki-san, her fathers former bandmate. Poignant and buoyant, Yoshies story is a testament to the power of place and memory and the healing properties of time. Her awakening is a feast for the sensesmeals prepared and eaten, magical cityscapes explored, the daily movements and patterns of people I hadnt even known about a few years ago coming in and out of this town like breathmirroring her own burgeoning sense of the world and her acceptance of its vagaries. There wasnt a single thing in the world that I could know or decide in advance, Yoshie decides. Even in the absence of her beloved father, that realization suggests a delightful sense of possibility. (Dec.)