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Ichigensan - The Newcomer
Ichigensan is a novel which can be enjoyed on many levels - as a delicate, sensual love story, as a depiction of the refined society in Japan's cultural capital Kyoto, and as an exploration of the themes of alienation and prejudice common to many environments, regardless of the boundaries of time and place. Unusually, it shows Japan from the eyes of both an outsider and an ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Ozaru Books (BJ Translations Ltd)
(first published March 1st 2011)
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This is a truly excellent book, and one that should be a bit better known at the very least within Japan's foreign community.
The story of a foreign student living in Kyoto and falls in love with a blind Japanese woman.
This is a story about being an outsider, in a city that many have said makes just about any visitor feel various levels of being pushed away. Personally, coming from Osaka I do feel differences after my short 40 minute train ride. The main difference is that Kyoto feels much more ...more
Un livre que j'ai beaucoup aimé car j'ai tout à fait retrouvé l'ambiance particulière de Kyoto, qui mêle harmonieusement le modernisme et l'héritage du passé. C'est une ville mélancolique qui invite à la nostalgie et a une certaine nonchalance que j'ai retrouvé à travers les personnages principaux. Kyoko, la jeune aveugle, est complètement représentative de cette ville si particulière, elle vit avec son temps, a envie de travailler et d'aller de l'avant, n'hésite pas à vivre une histoire d'amour ...more
Zoppetti's debut is a poignant love story about two outsiders - a European student of Japanese literature who lives with his pet rabbit in Kyoto, and a young Japanese woman who has been blind since birth. The microaggressions that the narrator deals with will be familiar to any foreigner who has lived in Japan. Kyoko is an intriguing character. Though much about her remains mysterious, she is presented as a complex and capable young woman. I really enjoyed reading this book.