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Lane Dunlop has translated a handful of Japanese short stories by well-regarded authors. All of them are set in the early- to mid-twentieth century. Many of these stories are rather quiet and contemplative, perhaps too much so for many American readers (I don't exclude myself from this). These authors often spend much time on the details of the natural environment, using them to highlight or provide contrast with their characters' emotions, thoughts, and situations. On more than one occasion, I...more