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センセイの鞄 ❮BOOKS❯ ✸ センセイの鞄 Author Hiromi Kawakami – Tsukiko tiene 38 años y lleva una vida solitaria Considera ue no está dotada para el amor Hasta ue un día encuentra en una taberna a su viejo maestro de japonés Entre ambos se establece un pacto t Tsukiko tiene años y lleva una vida solitaria Considera ue no está dotada para el amor Hasta ue un día encuentra en una taberna a su viejo maestro de japonés Entre ambos se establece un pacto tácito para compartir la soledad Escogen la misma comida buscan la compañía del otro y les cuesta separarse aunue a veces intenten escapar el uno del otro el maestro en el recuerdo de la mujer ue un día lo abandonó; Tsukiko en un antiguo compañero de clase Con una prosa sensual y despojada Kawakami nos cuenta una historia de amor muy especial el acercamiento sutil de dos amantes con toda su íntima belleza ternura y profundidad Todo un descubrimiento literario.

About the Author: Hiromi Kawakami

川上 弘美 Kawakami Hiromi born April is a Japanese writer known for her off beat fictionBorn in Tokyo Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in She made her debut as Yamada Hiromi in NW SF No edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko in with the story So shimoku Diptera and also helped edit some early issues of NW SF in the s She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book a collection of short stories entitled God Kamisama published in Her novel The Teacher's Briefcase Sensei no kaban is a love story between a woman in her thirties and a man in his sixties She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayistfrom Wikipedia.

10 thoughts on “センセイの鞄

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    A May December love story She’s 37 he’s in his 70’s Her life is her career as an office worker She has no friends; seldom sees her family; she seems tired of failed relationships with men She drinks too much sake and beer The story is written from her point of view She calls him Sensei He’s her former high school Japanese teacher They see each other on and off in a bar occasionally eat out together take walks or visit a museum They go mushroom hunting with the bartender They are both careful not to think of these as ‘dates’ Occasionally they have stupid arguments and stop speaking to each otherHe’s loaded with oddities He wears old fashioned clothes and always carries a briefcase He keeps dead batteries and tests them occasionally to see if they still have a charge He still acts as her teacher reciting haikus and criticizing her for not remembering things he talked about in class 20 years ago Despite their age difference she falls in love He’s a widower afraid of getting too involved and dying on her And did I mention all the food? It’s as if Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano is vacationing in Japan We need a glossary to look up yudofu apparently best with shaved bonito oden daikon konnyaku noodles kombu hanpen yakitori sounds delicious shabu shabu skewered chicken only so so And did someone order whale meat? ShameThere is good writing I liked this passage that captures her loneliness going off alone on weekend trips “Times had changed – nowadays hotels didn’t seem to consider a woman traveling alone unusual They briskly escorted me to my room briskly instructed me where the dining room and the bath were located and briskly indicated when checkout time was I had no other choice and once I had briskly used the bath briskly finished my dinner and briskly taken another bath there was nothing else to do I briskly went to bed briskly left the next morning and that was all there was to it” A great story and a uick read The author b 1958 has written about 10 novels and has won several of Japan’s literary awards About half of her books have been translated into English and some have been made into movies Tokyo restaurants top photo from japan guidecomMiddle photo from cdnvox cdncomthumborThe author from lareviewofbooks org

  2. Mmars Mmars says:

    This book reads like Japanese art Clean lines spare and uncluttered Or sparse haiku as opposed to Shakespeare The story is slight and the book is short I found it somewhat cinematic chapters as scenes in Santuro's bar at Sansei's on the island mushroom hunting etc Each an experimental and incremental step in a casual relationship full of stops and startsThere's not a lot of explanation to why they are the people they are They are loners who do not seek out friendships though their attraction to each other as acuaintances deepens they retain their separateness sometimes not seeing each other or talking to each other for a month or We know of course that they begin to care about each other and develop a complicated relationship and eventually learn to love each other but on the narrative's periphery something holds them back their age difference is the obvious answer but it's than that It's just who they are I thought a couple of dream or magical realism chapters toward the end distracted from the book as a whole And yes there was a lot of eating and drinking That is what a lot of people do when they're together So what?Overall liked it a mood piece Read it on a rainy day

  3. Candi Candi says:

    “I find something uite carefree about the days around the winter solstice when the daylight is so brief it seems like it’s chasing you Knowing that it will soon be dark anyway I’m able to steel myself against that inevitable sense of regret brought on by the evening twilight The moment after I realized it was dark I would feel a surge of loneliness”I don’t know that anyone would ever have called me particularly sensitive in the past but lately I’ve been easily tearing up by phrases like the one Tsukiko reflects She is in her late thirties single and lonely She sees her family infreuently and has few friends Not because she’s unlikeable but because she just prefers it that way Okay I can appreciate that One day she bumps into a former high school teacher “Sensei” He’s at least thirty years older than Tsukiko but there’s no age limit on loneliness and the two are drawn together in companionship “Up until now I thought I had enjoyed my life alone somehow”This story is simply told yet there is something so appealing about the modest writing It’s restrained yet sophisticated It is written in the first person narrative from Tsukiko’s point of view which I liked There is a very wistful uality to it as she looks back on her time spent with Sensei It may evoke a memory of a special past relationship that you look on with fondness yourself Or perhaps it will make you yearn for such a feeling now as you read There is a subtle humor to be found between this unlikely pair Often they reminded me of an old married couple bickering with one another over trivialities; sometimes going for periods without speaking to each other Tsukiko sometimes felt so close to Sensei at other times she sensed an immense gap “I was keenly aware of the distance between us Not only the difference between our age in years nor even the expanse between where each of us stood at that moment but rather the sheer distance that existed between us”Mostly the pair spends time at their favorite bar drinking sake and beer and ordering tantalizing dishes They both run into old acuaintances that would presumably make ‘better’ matches Yet they keep coming back to one another As their platonic bond grows I kept wondering where it would go from there Could these two possibly share intimacies? How much does age really matter? Tsukiko’s longing is so palpable; Sensei’s reticence harder to discern Sounds familiar doesn’t it? The author does a bang up job of making the reader identify with Tsukiko despite any differences “Tsukiko physical intimacy is essential No matter how old you are it’s extremely important”This was my first time reading Hiromi Kawakami and I found this one to be compulsively readable It has a dreamlike uality to it While the cover strongly suggests magical realism the novel only ever so softly whispers a hint of it My only uibble I had with this was the transitions between chapters It’s not marketed as a set of short stories but I think it would be better if read as such Based on a series of encounters between Tsukiko and Sensei these are really a set of vignettes only loosely threaded together It captivated me regardless “If the love is true then treat it the same way you would a plant—fertilize it protect it from the elements—you must do absolutely everything you can But if it isn’t true then it’s best to just let it wither on the vine”

  4. Richard Richard says:

    Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami concerns the relationship between Omachi Tsukiko a solitary and somewhat lonely woman in her thirties and her old school teacher Mr Matsumoto or ‘Sensei’ as she knows him After a chance meeting a fragile bond slowly develops Both are singular unconventional figures and there is uiet humour to be found in their social awkwardness and the large age gapThe writing is simple precise and a little remote this seems to add to the emotional weight of the novelThe actions and motivations of the characters are familiar universal but the cultural references are very foreign to me all the food talk of fermented soybeans dried whale lotus root fries matsutaki mushrooms and hot saké has made me want to explore Asian cuisine beyond the occasional Friday night take away and the set piece descriptions of cherry blossom parties mushroom hunting at dawn and pachinko parlours have encouraged me to seriously think about visiting Japan although thinking about it is probably as close as I’ll get The narrative at times gets a little surreal and seemingly random details appear to have great provenanceFor instance Sensei shows Omachi a drawer full of old batteries All labeled with the date they died and appliance they came out of a bit weird but he’s a enigmatic character He has a battery tester and is fascinated by how some of the batteries when tested cause the meter needle to tremble a glimmer of life in an item supposedly long deadStrange Weather In Tokyo is a uiet and magical novel at times haunting and ultimately very movingI was touched by this short book and was sad when it endedVery much recommended

  5. Sian Lile-Pastore Sian Lile-Pastore says:

    oh really sweet tender and gentle book There isn't much of a plot I like no plot just all about a relationship between two mismatched people and lots of lovely passages about japanese food and drink tofu miso salted shallots edame beer and sake really beautiful

  6. Ms. Smartarse Ms. Smartarse says:

    Translated into English as Strange Weather in Tokyo38 year old Tsukiko is content enough to split her days between the office her regular bistro and her lonely appartment She used to have a boyfriend or two but they weren't really significant so the relationship fizzled out soon enough Her high school Japanese teacher wasn't particularly memorable either proof of this is that she can only refer to him as sensei teacher in Japanese lest she didn't want to be outright rude As it turns out there's plenty of other occasions where her un japanese behavior singles out her rudeness Fact remains that after a casual encounter with the man the Tsukiko and her high school teacher somehow keep find themselves gravitating towards each other Little by little coincidental encounters at the bistro turn to shopping trips a psychedelic like mushroom picking trek in the nearby woods and even a few drinking parties at sensei's place Well I say party but it's really just the two of them randomly reminiscing about the odd event or twoWhile the book boasted plenty of rave reviews here on GR I learned to be very cautious about such things I'm looking at you Kitchen who left me utterly nonplussed As a matter of fact the first few chapters didn't blow me over either Granted they weren't painful to get through by any stretch of the imagination but I also couldn't really see what point they might be trying to make As much fun as aimless drinking in Japanese joints may sound like by the end of the story I'm starting to wonder whether the Japanese all grow up to be raging alcoholicsLittle by little however small sparks of interests started to infiltrate my reading experience There would be a mushroom picking experience where the entire world seemed to have taken some sort of psychedelic trip at least as far as our heroine is concernedThen there was the flower watching picnic where I started to see a half way clear ending to the story which led me to root for our heroine to end up with literally anyone else As fascinating a person as the retired Japanese professor was I just didn't see his appeal Then again poetry is an instant turnoff for me in ANY situation let alone being made to feel guilty about not remembering random haikus Heck the guy was annoying as hell with his constant moralizing A fact often noted by the heroine as well So then why?Score 45 starsHaving Tsukiko end up with a romantic happily ever after and a truckload of kids would've definitely spoiled the whole experience which is thankfully not the case here I very much liked the way the story evolved the gradual change in feelings the reveal of sensei's inner sadness and tragic family situationIn a sense the ending with its bittersweet tone was a relief even if it was clear from the get go that the world Tsukiko and sensei's inhabited was a sort of temporary refuge which could not possibly last for long I can't help but wish our heroine a happier ending if only because I could identify myself with her in uite a few aspects

  7. Tonymess Tonymess says:

    Here’s a challenge for you write a novel about loneliness without becoming boring Write one about emptiness without being melancholy how about deep love without sentimentality? “the briefcase” is a moving sparse and deeply emotional tale of loneliness emptiness and love but in a style that that is removed and scant enough to elicit a sadness that lingers long after the final page has been readThis is the story of Tsukiko in her late 30’s a loner and a food aficionado who crosses paths with her former high school teacher 30 years her senior at a local eatery she simply refers to him as Sensei “Teacher” Their common love of food saki and beer but their extreme yinyang opposites is highlighted simply but effectively on page oneTaking my seat at the counter I ordered “tuna with fermented soybeans fried lotus root and salted shallots” while the old man next to me reuested “Salted shallots lotus root fries and tuna with fermented soybeans” almost simultaneouslyFor a full review visit my blog at wwwmessybookerblogspotcom

  8. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    Book 2200Not as twee as it looks The heroine is about 15 years older than the flying manic pixie dreamgirl on the cover she gets drunk a lot works stupidly long hours has arguments about sports and forgets to clean a pair of muddy shoes for weeks Out of the characters in the limited number of Japanese novels I've read Tsukiko is furthest from the traditional idea of a Japanese woman though she doesn't seem to have set out to reject it; she isn't intellectual she simply sees herself as not old fashioned and is a solitary person in a communal society I could relate to her thinking of buying a huge saucepan to use when there are lots of guests probably imagining a Sunday supplement sort of life then realising she practically never has that many guests She is not simply an anti stereotype she feels very real; she is also socially reticent and likes long baths and cooking This is a very foodie book; if you're into Japanese cookery you'd find it inspiring So it's somewhat curious that she slowly falls for a much older man about thirty years older one of her former school teachers who's a regular at the same bar and who's a bit of a stickler for proper ladylike vocabulary; opposites attract evidently I'd personally find that way too big an age gap making a theoretical exception for Bruce Robinson but as regards those who use the word creepy about this aspect of the book I roll my eyes and note that neither of these characters is a clueless teenager or a senile millionaire so it's not as if one person is taking advantage This love story was interesting for the very reason that I couldn't relate to it and was trying to understand how different people experience life their romance grows very slowly out of a close friendship and feeling comfortable with one another and physicality and appearance are hardly mentioned whereas I see romance as a possible product of lust I have incredibly specific physical types and if I don't fancy someone on first sight I never do; getting on well with someone without lust is platonic friendship I can't say I fully grokked their experience described in the blurb as old fashioned romance but it was still interesting to try Strange Weather in Tokyo although it's only 176 pages was a little too much about the romance and I could have done without the Kojima episode entirely I got bored at times and would have liked on culture and ideas in the middle of the book; that would have been out of character for Tsukiko as a first person narrator but we could have heard something about her work which exhaustingly consumes huge chunks of her life whilst remaining a mystery to the reader Still elsewhere in the book there's lots of food expeditions to museums and little islands and a memorable anecdote about the Big Laughing Gym Mushroom a real thing which sounds like a cross between magic mushrooms and laughing gas It's very readable without being too slight and has a combination of familiarity and strangeness that look likely to prove popular in Japan where it was published in 2001 it is regarded as a modern popular classic

  9. Patrick Patrick says:

    Poignant atmospheric love story involving a thirty something lonely Woman and her former teacher 30 years her seniorLots of cultural and culinary insights about TokyoThe fragmented storyline charts this unusual relationship to its inevitable conclusionVery enjoyable

  10. Anna Luce Anna Luce says:

    Hiromi Kawakami injects a series of ordinary episodes between two people with a dreamy atmosphere one that makes the events she describes anything but boring In Strange Weather in Tokyo also translated as a The Briefcase Tsukiko a 38 year old woman who works in an office it is never specified what her job truly entails runs into Sensei her former teacher The two are both gourmands and find themselves conversing over food and becoming 'drinking companions' Their talk feels very natural especially in the way it often leads nowhere They talk of their favourite foods or haikus comment on the weather disagree over the best baseball teams As unlikely their companionship is there is an age gap of 30 years their connection is vibrantly rendered Tsukiko's tranuil yet uirky narration will appeal to readers who enjoyed Hilary Leichter's Temporary or Convenience Store Woman This slight novel is very much a slice of life a glimpse into the everyday experiences and thoughts of its main character Each chapter focuses on a certain episode from her life she goes mushroom hunting walks around the neighbourhood with Sensei witnesses the cherry blossom with a former classmate spends a weekend away from Tokyo There are paragraphs in which Tsukiko considers fizzy water and many pages are dedicated to scenes in which she's eating or drinking alone or with Sensei The author's dialogues have an almost mumblecore esue uality to them one that makes them ring true to life Throughout the course of these self contained chapters Kawakami showcases an incredible understanding of 'loners' such as Tsukiko and Sensei and of all the little things that go through people's mindEach chapter brought a smile to my face Tsukiko our peculiar narrator is an endearing if puzzling character and her gradual relationship with Sensei felt very authentic There are small and often silly misunderstandings or disagreements drawn out silences and moments of true companionship Because the story was written in the early 2000s I experience a certain nostalgia while I was reading it There is lack of modern technology mobile phones appear towards the end of the story that gives it an enchanting sort of timelessnessI would definitely recommend this for those who want to read something less plot oriented or for fans of uiet yet atmospheric storytellers such as Banana YoshimotoRead reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads

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