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Herr Nakano und die Frauen

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»Wir handeln nicht mit Antiquitäten, wir handeln mit Trödel«, sagt Herr Nakano zu Hitomi, die sich um eine Aushilfsstelle in seinem Laden bewirbt. Der eigenwillige Nakano, ein Herr alter Schule, liebt neben schönen alten Dingen auch schöne junge Frauen. Sein Geschäft, eine Enklave in der hektischen Innenstadt Tokios, wird zum Treffpunkt liebenswert-skurriler Zeitgenossen. ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Hanser (first published April 2005)
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natalia I've only studied really really basic Japanese so I can't be sure but assuming because "ne" is less formal than "wakarimasu ka" - "ne" is sort of like…moreI've only studied really really basic Japanese so I can't be sure but assuming because "ne" is less formal than "wakarimasu ka" - "ne" is sort of like "you know?" while the latter is more like "understood?" - it would be somewhat equivalent to what he said in the English translation(less)

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Maxwell
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, translated
I think I expected something more whimsical, maybe even a hint of magical realism in this, from the way it's described. But it's a pretty plain story told by a pretty plain narrator; in fact she has virtually no personality which is probably why I could never really get into it. It's a quiet story about a woman who works in a second-hand shop, under the employment of a sort of eccentric playboy, Mr. Nakano. She's in love with her co-worker, friends with her boss's sister, and generally a pretty ...more
T.D. Whittle
I adore this writer. She is appealing in a very individualistic, particular, introverted Japanese way that is reminiscent of Murakami's works yet entirely and uniquely her own. I mention Murakami only because the authors share enough similarity in their character types and their descriptions of the small, mundane rituals of daily life that it deserves an NB: if you love Murakami's quirky characters and his descriptions of cooking "simple meals" and having "nice long talks", you will find much to ...more
Michael
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a suburban street in Tokyo lies a quaint little shop called "The Nakano Thrift Shop", that is home for all the nick nacks you could ever want. But while what can be found inside is wondrous, it is the lives of those that work there that is the most fascinating. The store's owner, Mr Nakano for one is on his 3rd marriage, has 3 children, and spends his time working and spending time with his lovers or as he calls them "the Bank". His sister Masayo is also a hopeless romantic who think she has ...more
Alice Lippart
Sweet story with a great setting, but got kind of repetitive.
Alison Smith
A contemporary Japanese novel written by an award winning female writer.
As ever, I finished the novel, feeling somewhat baffled - such is the nature of Japanese fiction : oblique, dreamlike, enigmatic, subtle.
I enjoyed the book, but ...
If you want to dip your toes into the strange waters of Japanese fiction, give this one a try.
The characters are very engaging - this much I can say.
And there are passages where a trivial, daily detail is described beautifully - a sort of verbal still-life, perh
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Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this a bit more than Strange Weather in Tokyo. Another interesting slice-of-life type book. I swear reading translated works allows you insight into stuff you never thought you needed insight in. The way some words defy direct translations into other languages. How you need a string of sentences to convey what that one word actually means.

As I read it over the work week though I may have missed a lot of things/quotable quotes as I tend to skim on the surface and my inner monologue somet
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The Nakano Thrift Shop is home to many secrets... found in their customers, staff and many objects. Hitomi, the inexperienced young woman who works the register at Mr. Nakano's thrift shop, has fallen for her coworker, the oddly reserved Takeo. Unsure of how to attract his attention, she seeks advice from her employer's sister, Masayo.


The short review...

This was an odd and unexpected read for me... I kind of expected the sweetness of Sweet Bean
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Sean Farrell
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo, but found this book by the same author quite appalling. Dull, aimless, the characters irritating, it was a real chore to get to the end. Haven't been this disappointed for quite a while... ...more
Jessaka
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
For Those Who Love

This light read was most enjoyable, but if you are looking for a plot, there is done. It isn’t even like Seinfeld, but the idea is there.

The woman telling the story has no name, that is, to say, she is not given a name, but she is the main character. Then near the end of the book her mother calls her “Hitomi.” I will use it now because I need a name, and I dislike the word, “protagonist.” It just sounds dry. I will never speak of it again.

Hitomi works behind the counter at the
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Marisa
A very quiet, simple novel about the everyday. Full review HERE , but for now I will just say that this is book is just SO JAPANESE. ...more
Phoenix2
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: japanese fiction
Shelves: asian, japanese
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Liviu
Mr. Nakano's Trinkets Shop

"On a commercial street in a suburb of Tokyo, there was a seemingly trivial trinkets shop. But here, in a space with nostalgic scent, a succession of betrayed or unfulfilled love stories are weaved with refinement and subtlety. Nakano a late middle age man, owner of the shop, currently in his third marriage and third child with third wife, longs for something undefined and divides his life between his beloved shop and his temporary lovers he meets at the standard Japane
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Karmologyclinic
Naturalism is nothing new nor is slice of life genre. But leave it to Japan to take something and make it its own. Slice of life anime is my favorite type of anime, I can get lost in no action, under the magnifying lens of the genre that focuses so much on the quotidian that makes it look unreal.

The same is achieved with Kawakami's book. It's a brilliant slice of life of The Nakano Thrift Shop (nothing hiding in the title, I love when things are literal). The low page count doesn't mean you shou
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Tim
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese, reviewed, 2000s
This is the type of book that pretty much all my friends would expect me to hate, but that I always love. A slice of life novel, more on the humorous than serious side and with little to no plot. Strange for someone who is usually found reading horror or fantasy…

What got me started into Japanese literature in the first place was a love of anime, and while yes, when I was younger I delighted in Dragon Ball Z and Cowboy Bebop as much as pretty much as all my teenage friends did, the sort of anime
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Mobyskine
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A daily slice of life story surrounding the thrift shop owned by Haruo Nakano, told by a narrator Hitomi Suganuma-- the shop assistant. Pretty daring, like just how Mr Nakano said about Tadokoro and Sumiko. The narrative feels so nostalgic and classic, portraying the Nakanos sibling aura-- they love things with tradition.

The story telling was fun to read. Hitomi's way of saying things and expressing thoughts were kind of naive but I find it very charming. I like the part when Hitomi imagining s
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Claire
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I absolutely adored how this was written. It was described in the bookshop as a Japanese 'Amelie', and that was so right. I love how episodic it was, and how Kawakami introduced the characters and took the narrative along.

It reminded me of 'This Should be Written in the Present Tense' by Helle Helle, and I'd really like to read more Kawakami and translated lit.
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L.S. Popovich
The quiet beauty of a store interior. The intentionality of the setting. The sincere dignity of a retail worker. The cyclical expanse of such a life, confined within shrinking walls, hemmed in by the minutiae of the commercial products of everyday life. Constant exposure to these mundane implements imbues them with chimerical, mystic qualities, and reminds us that a dioramic life can still be a rich one.

Very similar to the set up of Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Nakano Thrift Shop t
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Moonkiszt
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Nakano Thrift Shop

Seriously. Got nothing out of this except a long, drawn out “Ewwwwwww!” Mr. Nakano is a bona fide Creeper.

Yikes. There were absolutely no ups / downs in plot. Narrative was flat and too understated for this reader. Characters. . .well I didn’t like any of them, much. There is no change from start to finish. . . everyone is asking the same questions. A story told implies that something remarkable (get it?. . .something worthy of remarking verbally) has occurred and should be
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Kate
3.5/5stars

Hiromi Kawakami's books intrigued me. This is the second of hers I've read and it remains that it's like nothing I've read before, and I'm not even necessarily why I keep coming back for more. Her books are more like collections of short stories, except that they follow the same characters and all the stories connect to each other - but each chapter basically has its own thing going on and happening. And, her books are almost boring, but not in a bad way? I'm not sure how to explain
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Jennifer
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have nothing against slice-of-life type novels, especially translated ones (because who isn't curious about what other people in different countries eat and do and think?), but The Nakano Thrift Shop took me well over a week to get through. Sleeping was always more attractive than reading a few more pages. Each chapter centers around a different object that comes into the thrift store (a life-sized cardboard cut out of a former star, a celadon bowl, a lighter shaped like a pistol), but the sto ...more
JenniferD
hmm... so, while this story had its moments, overall it all felt very flat to me, the story and the characters. i did quite like masayo - sister of the thrift shop owner, mr. nakano. masayo was layered, and interesting; the story was more lively when she was in any scene.
Magen
Writing a review for this type of book is hard for me. It's a book I greatly enjoyed, but I don't necessarily think you will enjoy, but I so very much want to convince you to give it a chance! How do I do that in a review? In real life, it would involve some level of hand waving and bouncing from foot to foot. I'll try to replicate that here.

There is so much depth in this book. I am amazed at how the author was able to focus in on this small window of time and end up saying so much. But every th
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Lulufrances
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
Shocker! Low rating from me!
Not that this was by any means a bad book!
It did have its moments and it wasn't a pain in the buttocks to read or anything - but something just fell flat pour moi.
Dare I say the b-word?
Well yes, I was a lil... bored .
A whimsical Japanese episodic story which seemed more like an interlinked short story collection than a consecutive narrative (which it was, though) and didn't hold any memorable moments for me.
Oh apart from this crazy metalevel reading experience: there'
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Ridzuan Rosli
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It feels like watching a sitcom series. Funny, irritating and enjoyable. I smile and laugh and annoyed at different pages. And I love it!
Stacia
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming, quirky, & unassuming.
Caroline
Sweet and charming and fun. It's easy to fall in love with the characters when reading this book. There's a relatability to their oddness!

The writing is lovely but at times I found the plot kind of plodded along in a boring way. It was nice to read but I didn't find it exciting or interesting.

Still quite a nice read. I preferred the other book I have read by her Strange Weather in Tokyo.
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JimZ
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Japanese version, 2005. I truly liked these people. Each chapter was sort of like a different story. I wanted the protagonist and Takeo to get together in the end, and they did. I can't believe I gave this an A+ and I gave her last book an F. ...more
Vishy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got Hiromi Kawakami's 'The Nakano Thrift Shop' as a Christmas present from one of my favourite friends. I picked it up a couple of days back and couldn't stop till I finished reading it.

Mr. Nakano owns a thrift shop which sells all kinds of things which others have given away, things like old furniture, a rice cooker from the '70s, used clothes, old photographs, old plates, kitchenware, cigarette lighters, stuff like that. Nakano's shop has a dedicated customer base, who like these things and
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Wiebke (1book1review)
This was a wonderful insight in a group of characters working together in a thrift store. I liked reading about the little episodes of their life, their relationship with each other and also about the events at the store. It's a quiet book with awkward characters. ...more
Padmaja (thebookishtales)
This was a beautiful and a quirky read. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of reading it ♥️
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Hitomi, the inexperienced salesgirl, falls for the quiet and usually reserved Takeo. Both are awkward personalities dealing with adulting. The owner, Mr Nakano is an odd duck, very random but very adorable nevertheless. I also loved Mr Nakano's sister, the strong, independent Masayo, whose love life is very complicated unlike her beautiful creations.
The writing is poetic and so is the translation. The over
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Kawakami Hiromi (川上弘美 Kawakami Hiromi) born April 1, 1958, is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction.

Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as "Yamada Hiromi" in NW-SF No. 16, edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko, in 1980 with the story So-shimoku ("Diptera"), and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She rei
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