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Secret Keeping Sakura

(Kami No Sekai Short Story Series #5)

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Shhh… Listen To The Gods.

The Japanese believe the gods live in all things. Trees, appliances, animals, buildings — they all have a spirit living within them. Maybe, if you listen carefully, you can hear them too.


Keeping secrets is this cherry tree's job. But when Mieko's mother dies of a stroke, Mieko must face harsh truths.

How will the tree divulge her mom's past without
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Karen’s Library
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Kami No Sekai short stories series by Pajonas are always delightful to read. The inanimate objects, in this case - a beautiful cherry tree, come to life and interact with someone whose life then changes.

Secret Keeping Sakura was a little sadder than the other stories in this series. Mieko returns home when her mother gets sick and with the help of the cherry tree she grew up with, discovers many secrets of her mother's life.

These stories are always interesting, have a life lesson to tell an
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Lola
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Secret Keeping Sakura is the fifth and last book in Pajonas her Kami no Sekai series. This was another great read. It's short enough that I could read it in one sitting and I think there's something satisfying about being able to read a book in one sitting. Secret Keeping Sakura is about Mieko, her mother just died and Mieko is back in her hometown for the burial. It's a bit of a sad read with the topic of her mother her dead and it de
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Joy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A bittersweet story about Meiko, who leaves her boring job in Osaka to attend to her mother's affairs after she dies suddenly. She discovers the not-so-dark secrets of her mother's life, with the help of the cherry tree in the front yard.

This really resonated with me. Like Meiko, I've lost both of my parents, and discovered things about my parents I never knew, and now I have questions I may never have the answers to. What makes it beautiful is the sweet cherry tree, who faithfully keeps the sec
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Diane Burton
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read--as are all the Kami No Sekai short stories where inanimate objects talk to a character. I enjoyed the interaction between Mieko and Sakura (the cherry tree in her yard). Ms. Pajonas reveals Mieko's anguish after her mother suddenly dies. And her frustration as she discovers how little she knew of her mother's life within the small farming community. Sakura points her in the right direction without revealing her mother's secrets. Mieko, whose job in the big city, is at a cross ...more
Jeri L
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This short follows a young women as she goes through a very sweet and unexpected journey. It's an easy read and a poignant story. ...more
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