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Mount Fuji located on Honshū, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3, m ( 12, ft), These 25 locations include the mountain and the Shinto shrine, Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, .. United States: Reader’s Digest Association. p. When writing content, it’s important to first relate to your reader. Consider the language and understanding of your audience, write in laymen’s. Read Fuji-san x reader: Bath House from the story Nanbaka Oneshots by Lilith- Kim ( SseuluGi ) with reads. honey, upa, seitarou. Fuji-san. The owner of.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you fujisann to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fujisan by Randy Taguchi. Fujisan by Randy Taguchi. Mount Fuji has been a source of spiritual inspiration since it was first ascended by a monk over a millennium ago. Throughout the stories, Mount Fuji stands sentinel even as it fades in and out of view—watching and remembering as it fujissan has.

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Lists with This Book. It’s always better to read a book in the language in which it was written. I received my just reward, as rexder stories were beautiful and haunting, but the translation left much to be desired. The translator often used weird cliches where they didn’t belong, such as the time one narrator said about a hoarder”I began to understand how the cookie crumbled for her.

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The first and last stories are the strongest of the four. The second story loses a little bit of credibility that it might not lose if the central characters weren’t junior high students. I can’t imagine a junior high student Japanese or otherwise asking the question, “But why? Isn’t that just superficial humanism? I’m not sure if that’s another translation issue, but no junior high school students in the world actually talk that way. To appreciate the final story, it’s good to have a little bit of background on the Japanese view of abortion, which is not controversial in Japan at all, really.

Therefore, having a nurse who feels ambivalent about performing abortions may seem rather obvious by American standards, but it would be out of the ordinary in Japan. At one point, the nurse says, “With abortions, children are denied their right to be born and are killed before they ever get to see the light, thanks to their mothers who are so egotistical they dare to say, ‘I don’t want you born.

It would be interesting to see how that story was received in Japan. Overall, what the stories have in common, other than the looming Mt. Fuji, is a character or multiple characters on the edge of psychotic breaks. The auther gets into their heads and puts the reader there, so that even psychotic thoughts seem rational. Consider one anorexic woman’s commentary: It’s an internal organ, a mucous membrane, exposed at the lower part of your face; a gaping hole that’s just there.

The sight of food being pushed into it and masticated weirds me out and makes me nauseous. Overall, an interesting, worthwhile read. If you can, though, skip the English translation. I really liked these stories and themes in them, especially Jamila which was like American Psycho meets Hoarders in Japan.


A quick read and the philosophical problems aren’t posed in any puzzling or subtle way. It’s like if the X-files were tv shows investigating suicides and other mundane but endlessly fascinating spiritual or existential problems.

Reading this review here helped me with some questions I had about whether some of the unsophisticated moments could be blamed on the translation. It’s not that I can’t imagine a twenty-something Japanese woman saying “my peeps”, but it totally didn’t go with the rest of the language. I guess there’s no way to really know for sure what the original style is when reading a translation, especially when there’s so much more than language that’s foreign to someone like me, and probably lots of language that there really is no translation for.

Not that I read it thinking, “wow; this is all so exotic and foreign to me! Anyway, I can see myself reading more of this author as translations become available.

It was dark pleasure reading that reminded me of reading for pleasure as a young teenager. Oct 10, Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing Shelves: Riveting book on the lives of dysfunctional Japanese living under the shadow of the great mount Fuji.

I was totally moved by the lucid writing style of Randy Taguchi, who was both bold and sensitive to human emotions. I loved the depictions of the various characters, the literal store supervisor, his young wrist cutting lover, the garbage collector Jamila, the compassionate nurse were so well presented that they will remain with me for a considerable time.

This is the first time I have read Rand Riveting book on the lives of dysfunctional Japanese living under the shadow of the great mount Fuji. This is the first time I have read Randy, and I don’t think this will be the last.

This was a fantastic read. Jul 11, John Armstrong rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book a couple days after reading Outlet. I could tell both were written by the same author: The fourth, Child of Light, was well told and very moving, and yet ran a I read this book a couple days after reading Outlet. The fourth, Child of Light, was well told and very moving, and yet ran a predictable course and left no room for surprises. It was the third story, Jamila, that really struck me and made me think and convinced me that I had not made a mistake in buying and reading this book.

To judge from the reviews here on GR and elsewhere, different people react to the story in different ways, but for me it was an affecting parable on the Buddhist idea of attachments. If I were putting together an anthology of contemporary Japanese short stories Jamila would be the first one I would add. Jun 17, Ronald S. I was pretty happy with this book. The stories took some unexpected and interesting turns from me. I liked the references to AUM and the way she presented the former members as people sincerely working for self improvement.

As with some of her other stories, I found her to be well informed about Buddhist ideas, which unfold through the main character in the first story. This is not the first time she has talked about AUM, and certainly not her first story using Buddhist philosophy. I’m reading h I was pretty happy with this book. If you like these stories, I want to recommend two movies based on her novels: Konsento Outlet and Antena Antennaboth about people who develop shamanic abilities.

An effort to read but I’m glad I did. Four thoughtful and moving short stories set in the shadow of Mount Fuji. The translation was jarring at first, but I grew accustomed to the awkward language. I found the characters intriguing and wanted to learn more about them. It wasn’t a smooth read, but I’m glad I kept at it. I was drawn into these stories by the elements of distance and disconnection, which seem to fit wonderfully into this ever-more-fake social-media driven world we live in.


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Taguchi’s characters are always slightly outside the world, scrambling for a foothold or unable to steer their own destinies. Mount Fuji looks on like a parent, sometimes supportive and tender, sometimes scolding and threatening.

Fujisan is a small book that consists of a novella and 3 other short stories. I borrowed it from the kindle library, the name seemed to catch my attention. The first story rezder pretty strange and it reminded me a lot of Haruki Murakami with it’s dreamy atmosphere and the theme of loneliness which also stems out in the other stories. The Sea of Trees and Jamila were my favorites, the character were quirky and weird. I loved the Sea of Trees’ theme about death and consciousness, and the question of Fujisan is a small book that consists of a novella and 3 other short stories.

I loved the Sea of Trees’ theme about death and consciousness, and the question of life, it made me question my own beliefs of what happens when people die and why people want to die. Remember that the Sea of Trees is actually a real forest near mount Fuji, the Sea of Trees is an English translation of Aokigahara, which is the forest that is famous for being a peaceful place for people to commit suicide. A lot of people probably think it’s pretty sick, but the Japanese or most Asian cultures believe death is a beautiful thing in life, death means eternal peace.

Jamila was very interesting, maybe even in a bit disturbing due to the narrator’s personality. He comes off as a jerk, self centered, but then you start to realize that he has absolutely no care for other people, mostly because he can’t understand other people, and people in general just bother him because they are just too hard to understand.

So I kind of felt bad for him afterwards. The last short story was a touching story and one of the topics was abortion, and it kind of teaches people to be kind to others no matter how they view things. I can’t really explain why I like it, but I found it moving somehow. Actually I found this whole book to be rather enjoyable and I’m glad that I randomly found it in the Kindle library. So as far as short stories go, these are pretty good.

It is fair to say however that some are more successful than others in terms of being able to relate to characters and story lines, or at least the stories making sense. As a general point, the writing style is good, easy to read. Some elements are very repetitive across the 4 stories, but reading them as individuals and perhaps taking time between reading them would eliminate that problem. Blue Summit is one of the best stories in it.

Very en So as far as short stories go, these are pretty good. Very entertaining with a kind of fantasy edge to a very real situation. Same goes to the last story Child of Light, which again was a beautiful story that felt very surreal at times. The other two were not as good.