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TW Book Club: What We’re Reading This Month

This July, we're reading Things Remembered and Things Forgotten by Kyoko Nakajima, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori and Ian MacDonald

By Weekender Editor

Have you joined the Tokyo Weekender Book Club yet?

Come join us as we dive into (mostly) contemporary books that are either written by Japanese authors, are set in Japan, or have some sort of connection with Japan.

We read a new book every month! Previous reads include Sweet Bean PasteMs Ice Sandwich and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

What We’re Reading Now

This July, we’re reading Things Remembered and Things Forgotten by Kyoko Nakajima, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori and Ian MacDonald. Things Remembered and Things Forgotten is a collection of 10 carefully crafted stories about men and women haunted by memories lost and memories kept.

Some discussion questions to accompany your read:

1. What was your favorite story, and why?

2. What themes tied the stories together?

3. Was there a particular story or character that stood out to you? Why? What did you like or dislike about them?

4. Did any of the stories feel you wanting more? Which one and why? Do you think it could be turned into a novel?

5. What did you think of the settings of the stories? Did they feel convincing?

6. What is the significance of each story’s title? How do you think the story titles relate to the book title?

7. Have you read anything else by Kyoko Nakajima? How did this compare?

I’ve Got The Book, Now What?

To join the discussion, join our group on Goodreads, send us a note on Twitter or tag us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #TWBookClub to make it easier for us to find you! We’ve also recently launched a Facebook page for more fun discussions!

One final request: please use common sense if you’re sharing something that may be considered a spoiler. Tag it, include a warning, or try to work around it.

How it Works

The book club is completely free and online-based so you can join us from wherever you are in the world.

We’ll announce our next picks every month so you have time to decide whether you want to join us for this round. Something else to be excited about: we also plan on organizing exclusive in-person meetups and Q&As with authors and translators in the future. Maybe even a book swap in 2021?


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