LIVES IN TOKYO AND THE REGIONS
Sora ni mizuumi
[The Lake in the Sky]
Chūōkōron Shinsha, 2015. 512 pp. ¥960. ISBN 978-4-12-206611-3.
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They did not suffer directly; their house was not washed away in the tsunami and they were not forced to evacuate by the nuclear accident. The couple, however, still avoids conversation about the disaster with their close neighbors. They do not engage in easy banter about their future hopes. This illustrates how deeply the wounds are buried within Tōhoku people who went through the events of March 11.
They now cherish the everyday world. The firm belief that this is the only place human happiness can be found is a theme infusing this novel throughout its pages. (OM)
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