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From acclaimed Japanese author Randy Taguchi come four unforgettable stories of redemption, discovery, loss, and remembrance anchored by one of the world’s holiest peaks. Mount Fuji has been a source of spiritual inspiration since it was first ascended by a monk over a millennium ago.

“Blue Summit” introduces a former cult member struggling to maintain his escape from a mou
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It's always better to read a book in the language in which it was written. However, since my Japanese reading pace is slooooooooooooow and this translation was $1.99 on Kindle, I decided to give it a whirl. I received my just reward, as the stories were beautiful and haunting, but the translation left much to be desired. The translator often used weird cliches where they didn't belong, such as the time one narrator said (about a hoarder), "I began to understand how the cookie crumbled for her." ...more
Trixie Fontaine
I really liked these stories and themes in them, especially Jamila which was like American Psycho meets Hoarders in Japan. A quick read and the philosophical problems aren't posed in any puzzling or subtle way. It's like if the X-files were tv shows investigating suicides and other mundane (but endlessly fascinating) spiritual or existential problems.

Reading this review here helped me with some questions I had about whether some of the unsophisticated moments could be blamed on the translation.
Tariq Mahmood
Riveting book on the lives of dysfunctional Japanese living under the shadow of the great mount Fuji. I was totally moved by the lucid writing style of Randy Taguchi, who was both bold and sensitive to human emotions. I loved the depictions of the various characters, the literal store supervisor, his young wrist cutting lover, the garbage collector Jamila, the compassionate nurse were so well presented that they will remain with me for a considerable time.

This is the first time I have read Rand
Fujisan is a small book that consists of a novella and 3 other short stories. I borrowed it from the kindle library, the name seemed to catch my attention. The first story was pretty strange and it reminded me a lot of Haruki Murakami with it's dreamy atmosphere and the theme of loneliness which also stems out in the other stories. The Sea of Trees and Jamila were my favorites, the character were quirky and weird. I loved the Sea of Trees' theme about death and consciousness, and the question of ...more
While little known in America- ‘Fujisan’ is only her second book released in English- Randy Taguchi has written 14 novels and many short stories and essays and is immensely popular in Japan. The four stories in ‘Fujjisan’ are all set on or near Mt. Fuji. That, and the fact that all four protagonists are struggling psychologically, is what connects these stories together. In ‘Blue Summit’, a former cult member working in a convenience store strives to deal with life now that he is allowed free wi ...more
Gavin Smith
I really, really enjoyed this. Like a modern, Japanese version of Joyce's Dubliners, each story introduces a protagonist on the verge of a personal epiphany. The emotions are refreshingly raw and honest, without the airiness that often turns me against such introspective characters. Taguchi has a real habit of sneaking up on the reader with an emotional rabbit punch from characters that often seem to be numb and burned out at first glance. The last story, in particular, completely floored me at ...more
An interesting collection of short stories, all with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. Very interesting.
Oct 23, 2014 Trish marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Brian Keiper
I was surprised how much I liked this book. Each of the four novelettes is constructed with heart, humor and reality that takes the good with the bad. The lead characters are all very flawed, at least one to the point of dislike until a glimpse of the reasons for his depravity become evident. These stories hold the mirror up to life in an honest and effecting way. I hope that more of Randy Taguchi's novels and stories become available in English; I will read as much of her work as I can get my h ...more
Ashley Goulden
I made it thru the first novella and part of the second before I had to put this down. Either the writing here is terrible, or the translation is. I suspect it's the latter. Storywise, I had no issues with the work, but the sentence structure and language choices were so poor that I couldn't focus on plot, theme, or characters. Someone who cares less about language (or who can read this in its original Japanese) might find this more enjoyable, but it's not for me.
Kasa Cotugno
These haunting stories all take place with Mt. Fuji brooding over them. Their atmospheric quality borders on the surreal, although they are firmly rooted in the presentday world. Except for some questionable apparitions. My favorite, Jamila, will stay with me a long time. Although the author has said that Mount Fuji is the spiritual center of Japan, sometimes the inclusion of the mountain facing dawn or sunset can be a bit contrived.
I loved this book, each story was well written, unique and beautiful in its own way. This book is one of my all time favourites. I love the different perspectives and views of humanity from each character, reading this book was like painting a beautiful masterpiece, different strokes with colours both dark and vivid that somehow unite together to form a finished piece.
maybe some parts were a little lost in translation or at least dampened by it. Really enjoyed the stories all the same.
It's not often you read four short stories that haunt you for weeks. I can't get this book out of my head.
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“For those of us who quietly seek the white light in the midnight hours, emotions turn out to be a noisy magnetic field. The convenience store can be a vacuum, devoid of that magnetic field: a place where life's tug-of-war can't wear you down. That, to me, is what the ideal convenience store is.” 1 likes
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