The Untouchable Apartment
Kandagawa's relationship with Mano ended over four years ago, which is why she's surprised when he calls her, drunk, to tell her that their old apartment has been knocked down. As they walk through the city, Kandagawa relives moments of their relationship and questions their decision to be apart.
Lose Your Private Life
Waterumi Yano is a successful young novelist, her books winning prestigious prizes and the hearts of readers all over the world. However, Waterumi is herself a fiction, a penname for the 28 year old Terumi Yano, a woman struggling to hold on to her identity as she is increasingly recognized by her loved ones as Waterumi.
A fable-like retelling which broadly sketches the evolution of mankind and ends with Kandagawa, sitting in a bath in her apartment, remembering how, in the past, she used to be a fish.
Translated by Polly Barton.
Design by Nigel Aono-Billson.
With a foreword by Aimee Bender.
Friendship For Grown-Ups by Nao-Cola Yamazaki