In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

By Ryu Murakami

It is simply earlier than New Year's. Frank, an obese American vacationer, has employed Kenji to take him on a guided travel of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife on 3 successive evenings. yet Frank's habit is so unusual that Kenji starts to entertain a terrible suspicion: that his new customer is actually the serial killer at the moment terrorizing town. It isn't till the second one evening, besides the fact that, in a scene that may surprise you and make you chuckle and make you hate your self for guffawing, that Kenji learns precisely how a lot he has to worry and the way irrevocably his come across with this nice white whale of an American will swap his life.

Kenji's intimate wisdom of Tokyo's intercourse undefined, his considerate observations and wisecracks concerning the vacancy and hypocrisy of up to date Japan, and his insights into the shockingly frequent phenomena of "compensated dating" and "selling it" between jap schoolgirls, supply us lots to contemplate on each web page. Kenji is our likable, if faraway from blameless, consultant to the inferno of violence and evil into which he unwillingly descends-and from which simply Jun, his sixteen-year-old female friend, can very likely keep him. . . .

Show description

Read or Download In The Miso Soup PDF

Best japan books

The Lake

A significant literary sensation is again with a quietly gorgeous journey de strength a few younger lady who falls for a cult escapee.

While The Lake exhibits off a number of the good points that experience made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a solid of brilliant and quirky characters, basic but nuanced prose, a decent plot with an upbeat pace—it’s additionally probably the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written.

It tells the story of a tender girl who strikes to Tokyo after the demise of her mom, hoping to recover from her grief and begin a occupation as a picture artist. She reveals herself spending an excessive amount of time staring out her window, although . .. until eventually she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a tender guy around the highway staring out his window, too.

They finally embark on a hesitant romance, until eventually she learns that he has been the sufferer of a few kind of early life trauma. traveling of his buddies who dwell a monastic existence beside a gorgeous lake, she starts to piece jointly a chain of clues that lead her to suspect his event can have had whatever to do with a strange non secular cult. . . .

With its echoes of the notorious, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the team that published poison gasoline within the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds because the strongest novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. and because the younger enthusiasts triumph over their bothered previous to find wish within the attractive solitude of the lake within the nation-state, it’s additionally considered one of her such a lot relocating.

Japan - Hell on Earth: 2011

At the eleventh March 2011, a big earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean almost about North-Eastern Japan. quickly afterwards, a devestating tsunami undefined. This quick-read advisor written by means of Paul Andrews provides the reader an outline an evidence of the occasions in easy-to-understand simple English. With sections together with the nuclear trouble, the impression of the catastrophe on Japan's - and the worldwide - financial system, and knowledge approximately what explanations an earthquake and a tsunami, this can be a concise consultant to the stunning occasions surrounding one of many world's worst average failures.

Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)

The medieval interval of eastern non secular historical past is often often called one during which there has been a thorough transformation of the non secular tradition. This publication indicates another method of figuring out the dynamics of that transformation. One major subject of research specializes in what Buddhism - its practices and doctrines, its traditions and associations - intended for medieval jap peoples themselves.

Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World

Anthropology Confronts the issues of the trendy international is the 1st English translation of a sequence of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss added in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye fixed towards the long run as his personal distinct profession used to be drawing to a detailed, this quantity offers a synthesis of the author’s significant principles approximately structural anthropology, a box he helped determine.

Extra info for In The Miso Soup

Sample text

Wind-Up Bird. ” She pulled her feet up into the chair and put her chin on her knees. ” I asked. “May Kasahara. May ... ” “Do you have to ask? ” “I guess you’re right,” I said. ” “I was watching you for a long time,” she said, ignoring my question. “From my room. With my binoculars. I saw you go in through the gate. I keep a little pair of binoculars handy, for watching what goes on in the alley. All kinds of people go through there. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. And not just people. Animals too.

His mustard-color polo shirt clashed with his blue and gray tweed jacket. He had the look of the typical young assistant professor for whom money was an alien object. His eyes had that sleepy expression of someone who has just slipped out of the library after a day of research in the stacks, but there was a piercing, cold gleam in them too, if you looked closely. After introducing myself, I said that I was planning to marry Kumiko in the near future. I tried to explain things as honestly as possible.

I just remembered. I took it to the cleaner’s in December. It needed pressing. ” “December? ” “I know. And you know I never do anything like that, forgetting things. ” She put her hand on my shoulder. “I took it to the cleaner’s by the station. ” “I’ll go tomorrow. ” “What makes you think so? Six months is a long time. Most cleaners will get rid of things that aren’t claimed in three months. They can do that. It’s the law. ” “Malta Kano said I’d find it. ” I could feel her looking at me in the dark.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.13 of 5 – based on 13 votes