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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
by Gail Tsukiyama

Published: 2007-09-04
Kindle Edition : 454 pages
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"Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for."

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a ...

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"Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for."

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater.
Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold---and then find their way in a new Japan.
In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost thirty years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her powers.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 04/23/17
We have a couple in our Book Club who liven up our meetings by dressing up in character. This time Jim came in wearing a home made Noh mask and wig and Margaret a beautiful silk kimono, both wearing split toe socks and thong sandals from their trip to Japan. What fun!

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  "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms"by [email protected] (see profile) 04/23/17

This near epic story of two Japanese families in Tokyo takes their lives from prior to WW2 into the 1960's. Beautifully and gracefully depicted, the book starts rather slowly until midway the struggles... (read more)

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