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Miri Yu

Teoksen Tokyo Ueno Station tekijä

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Sisältää nimet: Yu Miri, Miri Yū, 柳美里, 柳 美里

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Tekijän teokset

Tokyo Ueno Station (2014) 669 kappaletta
Gold Rush (1998) 74 kappaletta
The End of August: A Novel (2023) 46 kappaletta
Jeux de famille (1998) 15 kappaletta
Le Berceau au bord de l'eau (2000) 4 kappaletta
家族の標本 (角川文庫) (1998) 3 kappaletta
ゴールドラッシュ (2001) 2 kappaletta
フルハウス (文春文庫) (1999) 2 kappaletta
私語辞典 (角川文庫) (1999) 2 kappaletta
Il paese dei suicidi (2017) 2 kappaletta
Ikiru (2001) 2 kappaletta
Uenon asema (2023) 2 kappaletta
仮面の国 (1998) 1 kappale
魚の祭 (角川文庫) (1997) 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


South Korea
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Prix Akutagawa (1997)



Having been to Tokyo and at the Ueno park, i saw the homeless people there. Now i see them in a different light.
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kakadoo202 | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 6, 2024 |
Man, this was so sad!
The narrator is a ghost exploring and explaining his life in the Ueno Station homeless encampment. Originally a marginalised worker who spent most of time away from home, he loses his son unexpectedly and despite acknowledging he doesn't have a strong relationship with his children, he takes this loss hard. Later he is able to reconcile his relationship with his wife and spends some years at home until he loses her as well. While living with a caring granddaughter, he decides he no longer wants to be a burden and moves to Tokyo to the homeless encampment. The encampment is affected by the development due to the oncoming Olympics.
Having been to Japan recently this really hit home. There was a lot of Buddhist wisdom and customs with things I saw well explained. While in Hiroshima we also came in contact with some homeless people who politely asked us for donations.
The extreme cultural expectations of workload, pride and face come into play here.
While this book was sad, it was beautifully written and translated.
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secondhandrose | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
This is quite a strange story, in that our protagonist/narrator, Kazu, is dead.   Before Kazu died, he was homeless and living in a cardboard and tarpaulin hut in Ueno Park, right next to Tokyo Ueno Station.

All too often we are shown the shiny-shiny capitalist face of Tokyo that those in power wish us to see, the Olympics, etc., but never do we see, or hear, those who are cast aside, unwanted and unneeded by a system that some just can't keep up with.   Tokyo Ueno Station is their story, told by a ghost of one of the many people that society has no place for any more.

I know it sounds all rather depressing, but i didn't find it so because it's a view of Tokyo that is told in such a unique and interesting way, keeping our attention when most writers would have lost it, making us realise, consider and re-revaluate.   How many homeless people die on the streets every year and no one ever gets to hear their story, or realise the truth as to why they were homeless in the first place, this book makes you think about those things: they are important.

It's certainly a fact in the UK, where i live, that the government deliberately maintains a homeless population in order to keep the threat in front of people of what will happen to them if they don't comply with society's demands.   I presume this is the same in Japan:   "Do you want to end up like them, Salaryman?   Well you'd best work hard, do lots of overtime, and do as you're told -- or else you'll be living in Ueno Park too!"
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5t4n5 | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 9, 2023 |
The sad observations and reminisces of a lonely ghost who was a lonely man. Born the oldest of 8 children he still pretty much lived on his own since early adolescence, working away from his wife and two children. While he retains his internal connections to his remote home and family, he never enjoys real companionship.
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quondame | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 30, 2023 |



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