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The Name of the Flower

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Mukoda's wonderful stories vividly present the strengths and sorrows of modern Japanese women.--Gail Tsukiyama "Superbly rendered into English."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stone Bridge Press (first published September 1st 1994)
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Stephen
Jun 05, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
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Sadly, Mukoda Kuniko died in a plane crash in 1981, just as she was being recognized for her great talents. Prior to that she worked hothouse-style, and anonymously, writing out scripts to satisfy the needs of film & television. Japan has changed a lot since 1981. There had been a Mukoda “boom” (a great interest in) her writings due to her tragic death. Despite all the changes to society, even though the stories were forged in the newly affluent country of the 1960s and 1970s, they feel as f
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David B
Mar 22, 2014 David B rated it really liked it
There is a fairly silly comment in the Publisher's Weekly review that Kuniko Mukoda's stories "mix Eastern tradition with Western values." Another reviewer has stated that this short story collection will demonstrate how little Westerners understand Japanese society. I couldn't disagree more. The late Mukoda wrote closely observed stories about domestic dilemmas set in Japan of the 60s and 70s. Although there are naturally references to Japanese traditions and cultural practices, I did not find ...more
Katie
Feb 12, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katie by: Japanese Consulate librarian
Quick. Very visual, like watching episodes. A little sad, sometimes a little disturbing, but usually satisfying. Most concern the Japanese middle class, infidelities, arrogance, and nostalgia. Especially enjoyed "Manhattan", "The Doghouse", and "Triangular Chop".
David Bonesteel
Jun 09, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it
There is a fairly silly comment in the Publisher's Weekly review that Kuniko Mukoda's stories "mix Eastern tradition with Western values." Another reviewer stated that this short story collection will demonstrate how little Westerners understand Japanese society. I couldn't disagree more. The late Mukoda wrote closely observed stories about domestic dilemmas set in Japan of the 60s and 70s. Although there are naturally references to Japanese traditions and cultural practices, I did not find them ...more
David
Oct 15, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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Reading "Triangular Chop" was exactly like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPudp4...

I loved it. Extra star.

All of the other stories were solid three stars. I thought that I could probably get as much from a Banana Yoshimoto.
Sae-chan
Apr 14, 2012 Sae-chan rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
The past will catch up with you. No matter how you try to forget, you try to run away, you try to alter it. It will definitely come.

Nothing remarkable out of these stories, though.
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