Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
I bought this a while back and wanted to wait ’til we were in Tokyo ourselves to start reading it. I’m so pleased I did, as when Kawakami’s setting the scene I feel like I’m right there observing the two main characters as they sit in the bar in the opening chapter. The tensions are slowly building between the older Matsumoto, a former high school teacher and Tsukiko as they drink sake together whilst the seasons pass.
It’s not an action-a-minute story, just a simple love story with some beautifully written passages which capture both the culture and the relationship, sometimes laden with sadness and other times full of humour.