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Sweet Bean Paste
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
Sentaro has failed: he has a criminal record, drinks too much, and hasnt managed to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer. Instead, he works in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days listlessly filling the pastries. Until one day an elderly, handicapped woman enters the shop. Tokue makes the best bean paste imaginable, and begins to teach Sentaro her art. But as their friendship flourishes, societal prejudices become impossible to escape, in this quietly devastating novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Tagged! It was the selection from my cousin for last year's annual autumn book swap.
2. I got new bedding on Monday.
3. No specific plans
4. 11
5. Will do!
@howjessreads #friyayintro

ImperfectCJ Someone else from a big family! I'd never counted my uncles before and the number surprised me so much I had to count three times to make sure I'd got it right. 3w
Coleen_Nieto @ImperfectCJ I had to count a few times too! 3w
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TheEllieMo
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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1. The tagged book is a whimsical Japanese novel about a man whose life is enriched by an old lady who helps him out in his food stall. I loved it.

2. Flying, I think.

3. Gemini

4. Dressing up vintage-style for Gloucester Goes Retro tomorrow, no idea after that!!

5. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

TheSpineView Flying would be a cool super power! 4mo
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mreads
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Sweet bean paste is #biginjapan it's a popular sweet treat used to top and fill a wide variety of Japanese confections. And the book of the same name is a charming and simple story, about social acceptance and discrimination relating to a medical condition and the purpose and meaning of life.

#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

JennyM This sounds lovely. I‘m stacking 😊 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving ALL these titles today 😍 6mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen all Japanese titles today look great! 6mo
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RealLifeReading
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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March was a great month for reading! These were some of my faves. And here are the stats:

10 new-to-me authors
12 female authors
7 authors of color
2 romance novels
3 nonfiction
2 comics
2 audiobooks
10 ebooks
7 print books
6 speculative fiction
2 poetry
3 YA

19 books in total

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Cydster61
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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I blame @RealLifeReading ! Saw this on Goodreads as an update from Sharlene, ordered it from the library and it came in fast. I have A LOT of books going right now and did not need another one but I took a look last night, thinking I'd read a quick chapter...and here I am almost 50 pages in. 😉

RealLifeReading Hooray!! Isn‘t it a lovely read? And doesn‘t it make you want to eat dorayaki? 8mo
Cydster61 Yes! 8mo
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RealLifeReading
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I was really quite inspired by this book about a dorayaki seller and tried making my own dorayaki. Although I only had tinned bean paste, it turned out great!
I wrote about the book and the dorayaki making on the blog
https://reallifereading.com/2019/03/23/reading-sweet-bean-paste-and-making-doray...

BookNAround I just bought this book on Thursday! I was at a bookstore that had a pretty good translated fiction section and this sounded really good. 9mo
RealLifeReading @booknaround hope you like it! 9mo
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RealLifeReading
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An odd couple of kind of story - ex-con working at a dorayaki shop to pay his debts and a elderly woman with gnarled hands who asks him for a job, offering to teach him her recipe for sweet bean paste. A sweet and simple story about prejudice (the owner is alarmed about the woman‘s hands - is it an illness?), loneliness and friendship.

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RealLifeReading
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Felt a little better today (terrible cold yesterday had me flat out) so I made tomato soup and quesadilla. This sweet Japanese book is just the right kind of lightness that I needed in a book and it makes me long for a dorayaki or red bean pancake. We usually buy the factory-made ones from the Japanese supermarket but when I was growing up in Singapore we‘d often buy freshly made ones (more often taiyaki the fish shaped ones) & those are the best

Blaire I loved getting sweet bean buns when my dad would take me for dim sum. Yum! 9mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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I really enjoyed this book. It sent me to Google multiple times. First of all to find out what sweet bean paste is. It's what I like to call a quiet read. There's not a lot of action, but the pages carry you on like a soft breeze.

My cousin lives in Japan and we do an annual Autumn book swap. This was her selection this year. She always makes great choices. I've not heard of a single one of the books she's sent before but I've loved them.

Tamra I‘ve had this TBR for a long time! Jealous. (edited) 13mo
RaimeyGallant Sounds lovely. 13mo
Coleen_Nieto @RaimeyGallant those are the exact words I'd use to describe it. 13mo
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Coleen_Nieto
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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1. Monsters Inc
2. Yes, but I chose not to :)
3. I can't think of one.
4. Recover from a biopsy, work
5. ♥️😘

bookcollecter I wish you a speedy recovery 13mo
Coleen_Nieto @bookcollecter thank you!!! 13mo
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Sparkin
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Reading this for bookclub in Yokohama. I enjoy Japanese sweets and reading this has enabled me (through the magic of google images) to match eaten sweets with their names.

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RealLifeReading
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Adding books to my virtual TBR list on Libby this AM and wondering, what attracts people to a certain book?

For me, this quirky sounding book I hadn‘t heard of - a guy w a criminal record who drinks too much meets an obachan who makes dorayaki. Also, I like translated books, I‘m intrigued by the writer‘s name (Durian!), and it has to do with food and Japan.
Have you read this? Would you? What attracts you to picking up an unknown book?

Annl Always the covers! 1y
belacat You had me at "durian." 1y
mhillis I want to read this! For me, the title caught my attention 1y
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fleeting
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A near-perfect book w/c is the closest I've read reminiscent of Banana Yoshimoto. A dash of magic realism but very much grounded on reality: a particular disease & period in Japan. It's about an ex-convict whiling away his life in a confectionery to pay off his debts & a 70yr-old woman w/ gnarled hands. Their stories are told gently through the lens of existentialism; about loneliness & death, and how one survives, even if one already refuses to.

batsy I was on the fence with this one but you've sold it to me with the comparison to Banana Yoshimoto! 🙂 1y
fleeting @batsy I love Banana, and this one was just as quiet and poetic, with a bit of the surreal! It's quite informative and factual, as much as it's fluidly and serenely written. I hope you enjoy it! 😊 1y
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fleeting
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Excited for this little book! Saw it by its lonesome in a bookstore and the premise intrigued me. Here's to more Asian books!

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swatreads
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A very beautiful story about an ex convict who runs a dorayaki shop, an old woman who was infected by Hansens disease and a school student. A lovely blend of life, friendship, dorayaki and cherry blossoms. A very moving tale with a beautiful message and even beautiful characters. It's a perfect book to read between complex books and it's a short read. I love short Japanese stories that are beautifully written such as this one.

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lauralovesbooks1
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Such a sweet and charming tale about a young man and the friendship he builds with an older woman.. Sentaro is working at a dorayaki (Japanese pastry) shop to pay off a debt when Tokue, a 76 year old woman with gnarled hands, comes in looking for work. Neither feels that they can reveal their past, but as their relationship grows, they share difficult memories with each other and Sentaro learns so much from Tokue' s wisdom.

emilyhaldi Nice review, intrigued by this!! #stacked 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Lovely story about what gives life meaning but in a way that is actually meaningful. Focus on dorayaki and leprosy camps in Japan, all interesting stuff I used to know nothing about. Comes out in English translation November 14, and I see the film is in Netflix!

LeahBergen What a beautiful cover. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Looks interesting, thanks for posting! 2y
Tamra Sounds lovely! 2y
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EvieBee
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Headed to the mountains for some silence. Can‘t help but think of THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS and how that silence is so enriching! #bookmail

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so jealous!!! Enjoy!! 2y
Tamra Lucky duck! 2y
Redwritinghood Sounds lovely! 2y
bookloo What ever fantasy-forest land you live in, it‘s beautiful! 💚 2y
EvieBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra @Redwritinghood @bookloo Thank you! I live in a bubble in the desert...but about 80 miles from me is a lush forest hidden in a lone mountain range. It was in the 50s up there! So quiet. 😊 2y
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