COUNTRY OF THE MONTH
For the month of April we are celebrating the literature of Japan as our Country of the Month. For a nation whose people are proud of their four distinct seasons, April is perhaps the most significant month, as it heralds the arrival of the sakura, or cherry blossom. Countless Japanese will gather on blue tarpaulins this month, huddled under trees sipping beer and gazing up at the falling petals, reflecting on the aching beauty of transience, or wabi sabi. We have tried to emulate this in our latest window display. Our non-fiction book of the month is Naoko Abe’s Cherry Ingram, which tells the fascinating story of how an Englishman worked to preserve Japan’s native cherry diversity after their existence had been threatened by rapid urbanisation. We also have a selection of fiction by Japanese authors, including new translations of Yukio Mishima, Yoko Tsushima, and The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, as well as modern works by authors such as Sayaka Murata and Yukiko Motoya. Do join us to explore the literary world of the Land of the Rising Sun.