Haruka and Takashi are devoted to shopping and going out in Tokyo. She loves her Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermès scarves, and Louboutin shoes. He enjoys eating out and looking through the department stores in Ginza and Shibuya. Together they make a cute couple, but love is never easy.
Takashi's world starts to turn upside down when he realizes Haruka has started seeing Jun, her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto. When Haruka travels to Kyoto to meet up with Jun and his mother, a series of earthquakes hit Tokyo, and Takashi is injured. Haruka is unable to contact him, and it looks like she'll never see Takashi again - the boy who truly loves her.
Filled with cultural significance, this story will appeal to listeners who have an interest in Japan and the mind-set of the Japanese people.
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the love of all things materialistic
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A stylish romance that will tug on your heart
Yes I would, I really enjoyed the story. I also seem to pick up things I missed the first time around when I listen to audio books more than once.
Takashi and Haruka equally. I like Haruka because the story seems to follow her the most, especially when she is thinking about marrying Jun her ex bf who now lives in Kyoto. I do feel like Takashi takes her back so easily but I think he know's that the whole Jun situation was arranged by her parents and respect to your elders is mandatory in Japan. I really did like Takashi and Haruka together, Luckily the job she was going to try to get in Kyoto fell through and she semi comes to her senses and returns to Takashi (Also helps that Haruka's mother was put off by the way Jun's mother treated them.)
Oh my goodness, all of them! I loved the pronunciation of all the Japanese names (I watch a lot of anime and hear these names often). Pronouncing Japanese town names I bet I wouldn't do so well myself. Also the Australian accent was really well done. I feel like Billie Fulford-Brown did a great job with narrating, the characters voices as well as accents for different regions. I know that's a skill I don't posses and noticing somebody else who has that skill is worth mentioning.
I did, I was kinda panicked when Takashi fell off his moter bike during the earthquake and broke 3 ribs and was gashed up all over. I was feeling a new set of panic when Haruka couldn't contact him and he could be dying and she would never get to tell him how she really feels and the mistake she's made.
There is a lot of culture introduced in this book: Takashi and Haruka's date in Kamakura where they visited the famous temples and shrines. Haruka and her parents stay in Kyoto and their visit to Kinkakuji - the golden temple, as well as Ryoan-ji temple and Nijo Castle. Haruka and Jun's dinner date at a kaiseki ryori (traditional Japanese) restaurant. A New Year's celebration in Izu waiting for the sun to rise, Takashi's love of convenience store meals that you can only find in Japan, the arranged marriage situation between Haruka and Jun. The traditional funeral of Takashi's grandmother.
- Buneary Thomas