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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Four twenty-somethings share an apartment in Tokyo. In Parade each tells their story: their lives, their hopes and fears, their loves, their secrets.

Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls. Ryosuke wants someone that he can’t have. Mirai spends her days drawing and her nights hanging out in gay bars. Naoki works for a film company, and everyone treats him
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Vintage (first published February 2002)
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, japan
The main problem of this book lies in its synopsis and labeled genre. If it was labeled as literary fiction without that synopsis which promises something else, it would’ve been a decent novel, but now it’s all ruined. To be honest, nothing really happens until the ninety five percent of the book, and whatever that happens isn’t worth it all. So if you’re looking for a thriller-mystery book, you’re up for a serious disappointment given that J-thrillers have really high standards. Four twenty som ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strangely discombobulating...

Four young people are sharing a small flat in Tokyo, each having drifted there in a casual, unplanned way. Forced into a kind of physical intimacy by this living arrangement, each remains emotionally isolated and, as we discover, damaged to varying degrees by their pasts. Naoki is the eldest and something of a big brother figure to the rest - he originally shared the flat with his girlfriend, who left him for an older man but still pops back to visit and stay in the
Chiara LibriamociBlog
C’è innanzitutto una grande illusione, una sorta di “ti porto a cercare ciò che esiste ma è ben nascosto”. Mi spiego meglio.

Leggendo la sinossi dell’Appartamento 401 si può pensare di avere di fronte un romanzo che parli di vita quotidiana e di un intreccio thriller che si snoda all’interno di un mistero; è in effetti così, ma lo si comprende solamente nelle ultime pagine del libro, ciò che viene narrato prima è una storia totalmente enigmatica.

Quello che viene proposto al lettore è la storia di
Dilushani Jayalath
This was my first book by Shuichi Yoshida. As a matter of fact this was my first Japanese novel ever. I guess a part of me picked this book is because I'm kinda partial towards jap stuff butI kept trying to read it off for a very long time though. I really don't know how to start this review. Partly because this books was deep in a non-serious way but also kinda stupid or lame.
Fist of all I'll talk about the plot. The plot was pretty much slow-paced one could say. Throughout most of the book I k
Son Agia
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads bagi saya adalah satu-satunya tempat review di mana seseorang bisa asyik mengetahui pendapat orang lain tanpa mesti terkait dengan apa yang sedang diulas. Terlepas dari tampang saya yang 98% mirip tukang begal, gini-gini saya rajin nongkrong di berbagai forum hiburan: Gamefaqs, myanimelist, dan musicbanter contohnya. Dan kalo boleh jujur, saya kurang begitu antusias jika membaca ulasan video game, film, musik, atau bahkan anime tertentu yang belum atau memang gak niat saya konsumsi. Se ...more
I read this book back then in 2015 during an easy night shift on my job. A lot of free time and being away from civilization but still got internet connection, I randomly purchased it through my friend's Kindle. This is my first Shuichi Yoshida book, perhaps 'the strangest' Japanese author after Haruki Murakami for me. At the very least, this book did help me to stay awake.

This book has a kinda slow-paced story, not kinda, slow-paced story that at some point you would start wondering 'where the
Joanne Hong
minor SPOILERS + RANT AHEAD ( don't worry, I've hidden the major ones )

One day, when I was at the book store, I was contemplating whether or not I should buy this book instead of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Both summaries were very appealing, as were their covers, however in the end there could be only one winner and that was Parade. Even before I brought this book to the counter, I went on Goodreads to see if the reviews for this book were fairly okay just to be sure that I was making t
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
A story of urban life among an unmoored younger generation on the borders between college and professional life. At first it seems like fairly cozy story of 4 roommates but we slowly see how empty their fellowship is and in a shocking final act, we see how much emptiness this low stakes, low involvement lifestyle conceals.
Flavia Castelli
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appartamento 401 è il primo libro che leggo di Shuichi Yoshida.
La trama è, in realtà, molto semplice: in un appartamento di Tokyo convivono due ragazze e due ragazzi ai quali finirà per aggiungersi un quinto giovane. La storia è portata avanti attraverso cinque capitoli, ognuno dei quali affidato ad un diverso abitante della casa e ognuno raccontato in prima persona. Questo meccanismo narrativo funziona grazie alla caratterizzazione dei personaggi che evita confusione al lettore.
Ryosuke è lo s
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel by Shuichi Yoshida which has been translated into English, following his hugely successful literary thriller, “Villain.” Parade looks at the lives of several young people who share an apartment in Tokyo. There is twenty one year old student, Ryosuke Sugimoto, unemployed twenty three year old Kotomi Okochi, who spends her time waiting for her boyfriend to phone, twenty four year old Mirai Soma, who manages a store, longs to become a successful illustrator and drinks too m ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
This novel reminds me of "confessions" by Kanae Minato. Both novels are divided into sections, each narrated by a different character to give the reader an overview of the story from contrasting points of view. However, while "confessions" is serious with a dark tone, "parade" is lightly hearted and funny. I felt the synopsis on the back cover to be slightly puffed up. I was expecting the story to verge and develop into a sort of crime novel with a climax, but that never happened. This is rather ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
I did this again: bought a random book and started reading it without having any idea what it's all about. This is my first time reading Shuichi Yoshida's novel. The way he writes is smooth that I ended up spent my whole Sunday reading this book (after all I have nothing to do today).

In the beginning of the book, there are two pages dedicated as the introduction of the characters: three guys and two girls living in a two bedroom apartment in suburb Tokyo.

The story started from Ryosuke's point of
This is the first book by Yoshida that I've read and damn has it made an impression. It starts off with a gentle introduction to each of the five people who live together in an apartment in Tokyo but gradually we find that there is a lot more going on under the surface with events taking ever increasing turns into the dark side of the human condition. Despite having been translated into English the writing still flows well and seems to capture every aspect of the characters and events that follo ...more
Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
“I went on crying. The tears wouldn’t stop. It was like there was another me, totally separate, ignoring the real me, and crying like crazy.”

I can’t think of a better description for what this book represents than this quote right here, up above this review, which I hope comes out sounding coherent.

Parade by Shuichi Yoshida is a story about four distinctly different individuals who all reside in a small two-bedroom Tokyo apartment. How these four came to be together is a matter of happens
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come la maggior parte dei libri giapponesi che ho letto finora, la trama procede calma e sembra sempre non ci sia una vera e propria azione, ma che si tratti più di un racconto del quotidiano. E questo mi piace, soprattutto perché adoro leggere della cultura giapponese. Ma come alcuni libri giapponesi che ho letto, il finale mi lascia un po' basita e non capisco se mi sia piaciuto. Forse in questo caso un po' troppo frettoloso e campato per aria. Comunque la storia mi è piaciuta, solo il finale ...more
Dasha M
So... about 80% of the book was a Japanese "Friends" setup. Then the disturbing ending was like a punch in the face. Completely did not see that coming.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

This was not what I expected. At all.

…Okay, fine, that’s not entirely true because I expected whatever one is supposed to expect when reading literary fiction. The first of which is the text being concerned with some social commentary or political criticism, or it being a reflection on the human condition—all of which Parade is concerned with to varying degrees.

The second of which is the text being character-driven and Parade is, indeed, char
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book falls completely into the "slice of life" genre that is so popular in Japan.

It is narrated by 5 different characters throughout a time range of a few months.

Ryosuke, Kotomi, Mirai, Naoki and later Satoru, find themselves living in the same apartment and sharing a life... the thing is they were not friends before, they just happened to be there and stay... they all have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, feeling that oversharing with the other inmates will cross the line
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I initially expected the worst thing about this book to be merely that nothing much happens, as it's a slice-of-life story about modern urban people. But some details about the characters don't quite add up or are not explained clearly, and there are also other small inconsistencies within the storytelling (simple things like a TV being turned off before a character leaves a room, but in the next scene the TV is somehow on again in the empty room without explanation). Despite that I was actually ...more
Alessia Del Vasto
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending is worth the entire reading of this book. As someone who is immensely fascinated by Japan and its contemporary writers, I couldn't but appreciate.

The reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that imho at the end of the book we do not know enough about the personality of the characters, which could have been elaborated further. This is somehow a consequence of the feelings surrounding the atmosphere of the book: not even the flat mates of apartment 402 know each other that much! In pa
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's hard to write a review for this book, but I can say that I was completely absorbed while reading it and felt that its protagonists were heartbreakingly relatable. It spoke to me, and I've lost count of the number of passages I've highlighted that made me pause and reflect about life. This book isn't a murder mystery but rather a slice-of-life story whose strength is in its mundanity. Not everyone will find it fascinating, but when it strikes a chord, it will stay with you forever.
Sam Still Reading
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Japanese fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: loved Villain
Thank you to Vintage Publishing for the eARC.

Parade is the kind of book my friends would say is stereotypical of my reading habits – ‘set in Japan, not much happens and then it gets all weird’. While I wouldn’t say that Parade is ‘all weird’, there are a few kooky and creepy revelations in a novel that is character driven, rather than by plot. I love this kind of book, especially when it’s set in Japan. I don’t know why, but a big Japanese city location with characters that are fighting their in
Stefan Novakovic
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy, breezy read until the ending, which is fucking fascinating and bumps the score up an entire star.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-meaning but lazy booksellers seem to rejoice in filing this book in the crime section, which does both it and crime fiction a disservice. There is a crime, and it is fiction, but readers picking this up expecting something like Villian (a rather straight-forward police procedural except it's obvious who the murderer is and the reader almost sympathises with him) are bound to be disappointed. I took two tries to get past the kindle sample chapter for the same reason: I expected something els ...more
I'll get this out of the way - I didn't like the ending. It didn't exactly come out of nowhere, but it felt as though it did. I also thought it was unnecessary, or could have been resolved in a different manner. But I dearly loved what came before it, that I couldn't bear to dock any stars for this.

The novel is a look at 4 twenty-somethings in a Tokyo flat, none of who know each other too well, all, as another character describes them, "playing at being friends". You'd expect their lives to cha
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Usually when you compare a book and its adaptation, the fact that in the book characters thoughts are articulated works in the book's favour. Here I felt the the opposite, the fact that in the film the characters are just present without narration really works in its favour.

The adaptations also really sticks quite close to book overall so reading the book didn't expand the world and characters a lot. So yeah I'd recommend watching Parade by Isao Yukisada :)
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved "Villain" so much that when I saw there was a translation of another work by the author, I had to read it.

I found this book compelling - even though there's not much going on, I wanted to keep reading to find out more about the characters. Except for Koto, it seems like each character is keeping something dark hidden, and the book doesn't entirely and clearly reveal anything. It's the sort of book where, having read to the end and seen everyone's perspective, I kind of want to go back a
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
This is a seriously odd book. It is, however, similar in style to other contemporary Japanese drama/thrillers I have read, so I don't think it is unique in it's odd style.

The only way I can describe it is: A slice of life with sinister overtones punctuated by casual violence.

The crimes are like a back story, a passing thing referenced but never dwealt upon, and I was almost surprised when they resumed focus. For example police knock at the door and are then forgotten, a character picks up a safe
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Shūichi Yoshida (吉田 修一) was born in Nagasaki, and studied Business Administration at Hosei University. He won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers in 1997 for his story "Saigo no Musuko", and the Akutagawa Prize in 2002 (the fifth time he'd been nominated for the prize) for "Park Life". In 2002 he also won the Yamamoto Prize for Parade, and for winning both literary and popular prizes Yoshida was ...more
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“When people count on someone, the person they’re counting on doesn’t realise it. I mean - they might notice it, but they don’t understand how seriously, how desperately, the other person’s depending on them.” 2 likes
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