"Three Japanese Short Stories" is a tiny collection of short stories that won't take you long to read. For me they were just okay and nothing to shout home about - 2 stars for now.
"Strange Weather in Tokyo" is a wonderful piece of uncluttered Japanese literature. This is a quirky romance that I'd recommend and I'm looking forward to reading more of Hiromi Kawakami's work. 4 stars!
"The Guest Cat" is a short and sweet book that I'd recommend for cat-lovers but also for fans of Japanese literature. It wasn't one of my favourites, but it's a short, quick read that'll warm your heart. 3 stars from me.
"Before the Coffee Gets Cold" is a charming, clever story about how, no matter what we may try, there is nothing we can do to change the past and we can only learn and grow from our mistakes. I really enjoyed this heartwarming tale and it's 4 stars from me.
I really enjoyed "The Travelling Cat Chronicles", a poignant look at the relationship between one man, his cat and the people most important to him in his life. I loved it and would recommend you give it a go – 5 stars.
My fifth Yōko Ogawa read is one of my favourites and I can't wait for more of her work to be translated. I really enjoyed "The Memory Police" and its unique look at how memories are an important part of our identity - 5 stars.
A beautifully written love song to the piano, "The Forest of Wool and Steel" is a truly captivating story. Another piece of Japanese literature that I really enjoyed, it's 4 stars from me.
"The Housekeeper and The Professor" is a quaint story of how kindness and compassion bring people together. This wasn't my favourite Yōko Ogawa book, but I still enjoyed it - 3 stars.
The plot is original, the characters are quirky and fun and the language is simplistic. I really enjoyed “Convenience Store Woman” and it has only made me even more eager to pick up more Japanese literature and give it a try – 5 stars!
It's clear that I've found my new favourite author. This is the third book I've read by Yoko Ogawa and I've enjoyed everyone. Ogawa is a beautifully simplistic story teller and these three short stories are dark but certainly worth a read - 4 stars.