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The Street of A Thousand Blossoms

Tsukiyama, Gail

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Street of A Thousand Blossoms
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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 onhold - 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312274823
9780312274825
Branch Call Number: FICTION TSUKIYAMA
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,25 cm

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A moving story about life in Japan that spans 30 years. I have never been disappointment by anything I've read by Gail Tsukiyama, and I've read them all.


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Aug 27, 2013
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a book of a thousand plot lines. It is well grounded at the beginning but deteriorates to shallow charachter studies as it gets bogged down in the tragedy of WWII bombings and sufferings of the common people. It is an interesting peek into the life of two traditional Japanese artists and for that, it is worth the read. But it is not a 'masterpiece'

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Jun 04, 2008
  • vipainter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Moving story - also interesting information about sumo wrestling!!

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