Day 14: 🇯🇵Moshi Moshi

Moshi Moshi means hello in Japanese, can be used on the phone and in other contexts.


In November 2017, we went on our honeymoon to Japan. Prior to flying there, I ordered a few books by a smattering of Japanese authors. Kitchen was one of them. Kitchen is probably Yoshimoto’s most famous work, however it was Moshi Moshi that I loved.

A week after finishing Kitchen, we travelled by train to Tokyo and happened to walk past a huge bookstore. And I stumbled upon this book by Banana Yoshimoto, it was her newest book and what a delicious treat.

In a Nutshell:

Moshi Moshi tells the story of Yoshi and her mother. Yoshi’s father, who was much-loved by her, entered into a suicide pact with a strange woman and they both succeeded in ending their lives. Yoshimoto transforms a tragedy into a coming-of-age story, beautiful, tender yet semi-realistic.

A Quote:

“I moved to Shimokitazawa about a year after Dad got mixed up in a love-murder suicide in a forest in Ibaraki with a woman who’d apparently been a distant relative, whom my Mom and I knew nothing about.”

Stockists: Want to buy Moshi Moshi? Buy it here.

Moshi Moshi

Written by Banana Yoshimoto

Translated from the Japanese by Asa Yoneda

30/11/2017, Counterpoint

ISBN: 9781640090156

#WITMonth for 2021 is curated by Jess Andoh-Thayre

I am 35, from London but currently living in Cambodia. I am married to a diplomat and we have been posted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and now Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to meeting my husband, I had also lived in La Serena, Chile and Madrid, Spain.

I am a French, Spanish and English teacher, translator, avid reader and now blogger. When I am not teaching, reading and blogging, I love catching a brilliant sunset, swimming, cycling and hanging out with my husband and son.

Author: Banana Yoshimoto

Banana Yoshimoto (Mahoko Yoshimoto) chose the pen name “Banana” as a proof of her love for banana flowers!

She is most famous for her debut novel, Kitchen. It won the Kaien Newcomers’ Literary Prize in 1987 and became a bestseller.

Translator: Asa Yoneda

Asa Yoneda is from Osaka, she translates Japanese literary fiction and she now lives in Bristol.

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