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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (2007)

by Gail Tsukiyama

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This is the story of two brothers, Kenji and Hiroshi, who have been raised by their grandparents after their parents died. The story spans nearly thirty years and includes quite a large cast of characters, including the men's loves, their grandparents, their work role models. There is a lot to be learned about Japan during and after WWII and about sumo wrestling. I would give this a 3.5 if it were possible and wish I had liked it more but there were so many characters that the book had to run quite long to flesh them all out but it was hard to really attach to any of them. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
This is the story of two brothers, Kenji and Hiroshi, who have been raised by their grandparents after their parents died. The story spans nearly thirty years and includes quite a large cast of characters, including the men's loves, their grandparents, their work role models. There is a lot to be learned about Japan during and after WWII and about sumo wrestling. I would give this a 3.5 if it were possible and wish I had liked it more but there were so many characters that the book had to run quite long to flesh them all out but it was hard to really attach to any of them. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
This fine novel follows two Japanese families over three decades - from 1930s to 1960s. Interesting detail on sumo wrestling, Noh theater and the effects of the war. Tsukiyama's writing is poetic. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 2, 2016 |
Was rather slow paced and hmm, the best word I can use to describe it is aloof. While the characters were all likable, they seemed very one-dimentioned to me, lacking any emotional depth. ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
Couldn't finish, too many other books vying for my attention. ( )
  NitaPagin | Nov 17, 2015 |
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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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"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 hand-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 maskmaker 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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