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Hiro Arikawa

Author of The Travelling Cat Chronicles

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About the Author

Includes the names: 浩 有川, Arikawa Hiro, Hiro Arikawa

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Works by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles (2012) 1,510 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 (2008) — Creator — 484 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 2 (2008) — Creator — 260 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3 (2009) — Creator — 207 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 4 (2009) — Creator — 190 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 5 (2010) — Creator — 180 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 (2010) — Creator — 157 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 (2011) — Creator — 144 copies
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 8 (2011) — Creator — 139 copies
Hankyu Train (2008) 32 copies
Library Wars (2006) 28 copies
Library Crisis (2007) 16 copies
Library Civil War (2006) 15 copies
Library Revolution (2007) 12 copies
三匹のおっさん (2009) 9 copies
植物図鑑 (2009) 7 copies
Supplement: Library War I (2008) 6 copies
県庁おもてなし課 (2011) 5 copies
Raintree Country (2006) 3 copies
Tomorrow's Children (2014) 3 copies
The Bottom of the Sea (2005) 2 copies
Within the Sky (2004) 2 copies
Theatre! (2009) 2 copies
キケン (2010) — Author — 2 copies
The Flying Publicist (2012) 2 copies
Story Seller (2010) 1 copy
Theatre! 2 (2011) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Arikawa, Hiro
Legal name
Country (for map)
Kōchi, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Places of residence
Kōchi, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Sonoda Women's University
light novelist



A sweet and absolutely lovely journey through soft-edged adventures, friendships and connection, and memories, told largely from an excellently-done and clever feline perspective. The devotion shared by Nana and Satoru (and to some extent, all the people Satoru knew and had so many memories with) is presented with a beautifully understated yet strongly continuing thread.

By the time I reached the ending I fully expected it to make me cry, and that it did, but it was beautifully done and the tears were sorrowful but not wrenching.… (more)
Kalira | 93 other reviews | May 12, 2024 |
What an absolutely delightful little book! This is the quirky story of Saturo, a young man in Japan who adopts a stray cat and names him Nana, meaning seven, based on the shape of his tale. Later in the story the two go on a road trip to find Nana a new owner because circumstances have changed for Saturo.

The trip brings them across many of Saturo’s friends. They meet up with his friend Kosuke, whose wife has left him, and relive their childhood memories of raising another kitten, and Kosuke’s difficult relationship with his austere father. They visit the farmer Yoshimine, a pet-friendly B’n’B run by Sugi and Chikako, and spend time with the well-meaning but socially awkward Aunt Noriko. Nana does not seem to fit in at any of these places, but loves the road-trip, and is captivated by the grandeur of Mount Fuji and the warmth of an old fashioned tube television. The book is partly narrated by Nana with a wit and cynicism that sounds the way you would imagine a cat to think. It is a poignant but endearing read. 5 stars for me.… (more)
mimbza | 93 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
Sentimental Road Story
Review of the Viking Canada hardcover (October 23, 2018) translated by Philip Gabriel from the Japanese language original 旅猫リポート [Travel Cat Report] (November 1, 2012).

For what is initially an unexplained reason, Satoru must give up his cat Nana. He travels around visiting various childhood friends and family in order to seek an appropriate caregiver for his beloved cat. Most of the enjoyment here was hearing Nana the Cat's opinions about the situation and their observations about humans, animals and life in general. The reveal is pretty easy to guess and the story takes a sentimental turn in the end. The cat, who was more sardonic and cynical at first, turns sentimental in the end as well. It was a pleasant and easy read.

Trivia and Links

Poster for the Japanese language movie adaptation of The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Image sourced from IMDb (link below)

This novel was adapted for the Japanese language movie The Travelling Cat Chronicles (2018). You can watch an English subtitled trailer here.
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alanteder | 93 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
This manga has an interesting premise- an agency dedicated to protecting books against government censorship. But this was about one recruit with poor self-esteem who is trying to get through her initial training. Her instructors are unsupportive and her room-mate is downright nasty to her.
I won't be following this series.
library book read 2/26/2024
catseyegreen | 39 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |



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