Lake Biwa. Gifu and Shiga. A cave in Aokigahara Forest that remains frigid year-round, this site features elaborate ice formations and a subterranean frozen pond. Dragon's Den. Together with the lava-filled Blackthorn Gym located directly above, the water-bound Dragon's Den reflects this shrine which features the Rising and Falling Dragons , each safeguarding either a Fire Crystal or a Water Crystal.
Imari City or Sasebo City. Nagasaki or Saga. Saga City. Fukuoka City. Kitakyushu City. Kitakyushu's main industry is steelmaking. It is also home to Zenrin , a company specializing in navigation software. Tsushima Island. Nagasaki City. Kumamoto City. Hashima Island. Hashima Island is known for being walled and for being used for the extraction of coal for cars. Kikuchi City. Mount Aso. Aso Town. Kobayashi City. In Japanese mythology , Amano-Iwato is where Amaterasu hid from her brother Susanoo , who had gone on a rampage. Kanoya City.
Tanegashima Space Center. The landscape of Sootopolis City is based on Santorini , Greece. Okinawa Island. Mirage Island. Yaeyama Islands. Ishigaki Island, located in the Yaeyama Islands, contains rare blue corals. The islands of Okinawa Prefecture are home to many coral reefs. Its location and shape are based on Koshikijima. Underneath the water's surface, natural rock formations were thought to be artificially created.
Southern Island. Noboribetsu City. Tomakomai City. Sapporo City. Tomamae Town. Asahikawa City. Obihiro City. Ashoro Town. Abashiri City. Kitami City. Lake Akan. Kushiro City. Kushiro Marsh. Otaru City. Hamatonbetsu Town. Nemuro City. Cape Nosappu. Yagishiri Island. Kunashir Island. Yuzhno-Kurilsky Nemuro. Though both countries claim it, the island is controlled by Russia. Rishiri Island. Newmoon Island. Rebun Island. Flower Paradise. Kuril Islands. Both are the northernmost islands of their respective zones: the Flower Paradise is the northernmost zone in Sinnoh, much like Araido, the northernmost island of the Kuril Islands.
Resort Area. Coney Island. New York City Brooklyn. Marine Park. Striaton makes a multitude of references to the glaciers that formed Long Island, including its location compared to the central land. Brooklyn Bridge. New York City Brooklyn and Manhattan. Also based on Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan. Lower Manhattan. New York City Manhattan. Midtown Manhattan. Lincoln Tunnel. Union City. New Jersey Hudson County. Union City is known for its many mining companies. New Jersey Bergen County. Fort Lee. Washington Heights. Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
New York City Queens. A hybrid of Jamaica, Queens and The Hamptons. Geographically it fits in as Jamaica, but its description as a summer retreat is indicative of The Hamptons of Long Island. Jamaica Bay. New York City Nassau County. Queensboro Bridge. New York City Manhattan and Queens. Central Park. The Entralink also draws inspiration from the Tokyo Imperial Palace. George Washington Bridge. Headquarters of the United Nations. New York City international territory. New Jersey Union County.
Newark, New Jersey. New Jersey Essex County. Jersey City. Virbank Complex bears some resemblance to the oil refineries and tanker area located along the New Jersey Turnpike. Ocean Parkway. Long Island. New York City. Long Island City. Anville Town. New Jersey Morris County. Anville Town is accessed through the subway in Nimbasa City. Morristown is known for its train station and railroad, one of which goes right to 59th Street in Manhattan. New York Botanical Garden. New York City The Bronx. The great bridge is probably based on a bridge on the river Loire in Nevers.
Forest of Fontainebleau. Centre-Val de Loire. Palace of Versailles. The king who ordered the construction of the palace and who is mentioned several times, is a reference to Louis XIV of France. La Rochelle. Junichi Masuda he said in an interview that they relied on the Catacombs of Paris. Pays de la Loire. Notable for its standing stones. Fairy mirrors are usually caves with bright quartz veins or lakes where they are said to live fairies and like to see themselves in them like a mirror. In the anime the city has a walled aspect, Saint-Malo is known for its fortresses and for being walled.
Mont Saint-Michel. The English Channel. Bailiwick of Guernsey. Le Havre. The city has a monorail and several trams, in addition, like the game, the coastal part is a large tourist area and the north is residential. Crucey Solar Park. Built near from Chartres, it is a large solar energy station close to Paris, being the largest in northern France.
The Laverre Nature Trail may refer to the hortillonnages. Grand Est. The sundial may be a reference to Strasbourg astronomical clock. It's an Alsatian village with half-timbered houses.
The nearby Jura Mountains are known for cold temperatures and sometimes nicknamed "Little Siberia". Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris. The Notre-Dame is a famous cathedral known for its example of French Gothic architecture. Houses the state capital and the former monarchy of Hawaii. Ala Moana. Pearl Harbor. Both beaches are noted for their big wave surfing. Diamond Head.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. A popular tourist attraction dedicated to honor members of the armed forces, it is the largest cemetery in the state. Oahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge. A National Wildlife Refuge dedicated to preserving and restoring populations of endangered honeycreepers. Hanauma Bay. The largest heiau on Oahu.
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Lahaina is one of numerous locations of Hawaii where Chinese immigrants immigrated to work on local sugar cane plantations. Lahaina houses the only two Chinese Society Halls exist and are maintained in Hawaii. Grand Wailea Resort. The tallest volcano on Maui and is currently inactive. Hana Forest Reserve. The largest heiau in the State of Hawaii. Hawaii Island. The largest island in the archipelago. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Designed like an Edo-style Japanese Garden, having numerous structures such as pagodas, torii, and a Japanese teahouse. Mauna Kea. The largest mountain in the world when measured from its base below sea level.
Currently a dormant volcano. Mauna Kea Observatories. A currently active and erupting volcano. A power plant in the Puna district of Hawaii is using the geothermal vents from Kilauea to generate electricity. A black sand beach that requires an extensive hike from the nearest automobile accessible road. Pele , Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, is believed to be the cause of the town's destruction.
Lake Waiau. Mauna Loa. The largest shield volcano on earth; it is currently active. My mind, wishing for a love story, demanded a different sort of closure. What struck me about the characters is their lonely existence, how the slightest sense of contact is enough to spark a feeling of intimacy, how little we need to feel companionship. Shimura's efforts to find the trace of a scent inside his home nearly broke my heart. This story has inhabited my mind for three days now, and I'm still struggling to find alternate endings. I would have liked to learn Shimura's reaction to the letter, and how he coped with his newfound solitude after he moved elsewhere.
In typical Japanese style, the simplicity of this story is what makes it delicate and haunting. It's all about perception, and there is no absolute truth. May 30, notgettingenough rated it liked it Shelves: modern-lit , pairs. How do bitter and twisted, lonely, emotionally crippled older men start out? Men whose relationships, if any, have always soured early, men whose jobs are all that sustain them, mediocre jobs with colleagues who never become friends.
Men whose strict weekend routines stop loneliness from being more than an uneasy feeling which never quite comes to the surface. Never quite acknowledged. They start out as bitter and twisted Youth. In this novel by Coetzee, we see the establishment of such a being, How do bitter and twisted, lonely, emotionally crippled older men start out?
In this novel by Coetzee, we see the establishment of such a being, a young man who thinks somehow that his cold alienating ways will make him a poet. When it turns out that he has nothing more in him than the capacity to be a computer programmer, and an undistinguished one of those, he sees his future as a hollow meaningless thing. We do not find out if his life remained the mean and nasty existence he portended.
Enter Nagasaki. Here we meet a man who might be the person Youth foresaw. Towards the end of his nondescript career he is alone, as far as we know he has never had a meaningful relationship with anybody, including his relations. When not at work he is at home, when at home, the person he talks to is himself. He has no friends, no interests, nothing about him justifies his carbon footprint. Like Youth, he is given the opportunity to live, to behave with largesse, to give. Like Youth he cannot do that. Both of them experience discomfort, unease at their utter meanness of spirit, but neither is capable of being a new person.
Is this inevitable? Apr 04, Blair rated it really liked it Shelves: translated , release , read-on-kindle , contemporary. In this brief and charming novella, a meteorologist working in Nagasaki becomes convinced that someone - or something - is invading his home, making almost imperceptible changes to his possessions. He sets up a CCTV system to observe his kitchen while at work, but ends up making a very unexpected discovery, and finds the mystery has far greater implications than he could have imagined. Yet the book ends on a note of uncertainty, as the perspective switches and we never discover the protagonist's In this brief and charming novella, a meteorologist working in Nagasaki becomes convinced that someone - or something - is invading his home, making almost imperceptible changes to his possessions.
Yet the book ends on a note of uncertainty, as the perspective switches and we never discover the protagonist's reaction to this opposing viewpoint. The prose is simple and elegant. This is a very short book, but it doesn't feel as though it's lacking anything. As a study of loneliness, it's effective, illustrating poignantly how a lack of connections can affect the lives of two individuals in very different ways. It's really more like a short story, though, and is difficult to analyse in any depth. The brevity of this review matches the brevity of the story - but don't take that as an indication that there isn't much to enjoy about it.
It's very well-written, appears to be well-translated avoiding the ungainly feel of many translations and does exactly what it sets out to do pretty perfectly. Mar 09, Claire McAlpine rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , french-literature , translated. Shimura Kobo lives alone in a quiet suburban street, by day he works as a meteorologist; he rarely socialises with his colleagues, nor does he see family much, his life causes fewer ripples in Nagasaki than the weather he forecasts for it.
The ribbon of destiny, stretched too wide, has snapped. There's no more. The shockwave caused by your birth is far, oh so far, behind you now. That is modern life. Your existence spans the distance between fail Shimura Kobo lives alone in a quiet suburban street, by day he works as a meteorologist; he rarely socialises with his colleagues, nor does he see family much, his life causes fewer ripples in Nagasaki than the weather he forecasts for it. Your existence spans the distance between failure and success.
Between frost and the rising of sap. A container of fruit juice seems to have lost a few centimetres, and isn't there one yoghurt pot less than was there this morning? He begins to take extra care securing his home, yet still has the feeling of something not being quite right. He sets up a webcam in his home and sits at work watching his kitchen as if studying the meteorological charts, waiting to detect any sign of disturbance. It is a brief story where the revelation comes early, its slow residual effect only beginning in the aftermath.
About halfway the narrative shifts, adding to the mystery of how the revelation impacts Shimura, as we no longer have access to his thoughts. That it is based on a true story is enough to haunt the reader, but the way Eric Faye narrates it, contributes to the way this story inhabits the mind as we read. Like the best stories, it stays with you long after reading and invites discussion with others about how such a thing could happen in our society. And it will make you check your door locks more carefully. View all 5 comments. Oct 24, Richard Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: thinking-about-life , fiction-and-literature.
A tiny gem of a book. Odd, very short - and I think some readers will find disappointing because it is so short and spends so little time in character development. It is written in a very simple almost flat style of writing, and it is only at the very end that the profoundness of the book arrives. This is not a perfect book, and if you are looking for a great story line, brilliant dialogue, happy endings, rounded characters - then don't bother with this.
If you like odd little books that give yo A tiny gem of a book. If you like odd little books that give you an insight into something different then try it Not a particularly exciting read.
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I picked this up from the bookstore in hope of a light, in-between-important-works experience, and in that section it has delivered beautifully. It gives the feeling of a more journalistic, essay-based work, especially because it has its roots in a real story that blew the media away. What made me give it two stars is the writing and the fact that "it was ok" are the exact words I would use to describe "Nagasaki".
Apr 08, Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it. Winner of the Academie Francaise Grand Prix. Translated by Emily Boyce. Thank you to Gallic Books for the unexpected pleasure of this read. This, based on a true story from was a short, extremely sweet and intriguing tale of one man, living a normal if fairly dull life, who suddenly realises he is not alone. As he sets out to discover whats what, he may end up with more than he bargained for. I loved this — I read in in one sitting, it is a novella, but also because once I started I really wanted to find out where the yoghurt had gone.
Sounds slightly mad perhaps but hey, that yoghurt bugged me! What I got was a snapshot of daily life in Japan, some beautiful writing, the heart of two amazing characters and a strange and engaging story of people passing like ships in the night , almost literally. There is a lot beneath the surface of these two and that comes out beautifully in the telling. On the surface a fairly simple but compelling tale, underneath is the soul of lonely people everywhere.
A perfectly formed magnificent piece of writing. Definitely recommended and once again translated marvellously by Emily Boyce. About the Author Born in Limoges, Eric Faye is a journalist and the prize-winning author of more than twenty books. She lives in London. Dec 19, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: The story profiles two very different people however the one similarity shared is loneliness.
One prefers isolation, the other require a strong sense of belonging. The very end explains why this particular house was selected. Both suffer from the aftermath as is revealed which is poignant and affecting Beautifully written, a moving story. Simple yet complex. Sad and insightful. Admittedly, I searched my house after reading Nagasaki, just in case…… Feb 20, Nicole rated it liked it.
Quite an interesting read. Originally I picked it up because I thought it had to do with the atomic bomb, and was embarrasingly enough surprised to find a story that was merely set in Nagasaki, and had nothing to do with the atomic bomb. An easy read, interesting to get insight into a different culture, interesting to see through a few different points of view. I would have liked to see a little more at the end, but I guess you have to end it somewhere. Dec 26, Sophron rated it really liked it Shelves: novella , german-edition. First I wasn't sure what to think about this book when I started reading.
Because I thought it could possibly turn into something kitschy. But it didn't. And in the end it really impressed me and it will stay with me for a while. View 1 comment. At the beginning, I thought this book a mistake. It was 99p on pre-order, and I'd got it on the strength of a couple of good blog reviews without reading a sample; it was just after I'd read lots of books from the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Best Translated Book Award longlists and I was keen to look at prospects for Especially if they were this short.
I'm not as fast a reader as many of you and this only took an hour. If I'd seen a sample of the early pages, I very likely would At the beginning, I thought this book a mistake. If I'd seen a sample of the early pages, I very likely would never have read further. It's narrated in a fairly cold style by a solitary 56 year old Japanese man who works in a meteorological office. He comes home and inspects his fridge, plunging a ruler into a carton of orange juice, convinced that someone has been habitually breaking in to his house and half-inching his food supplies.
So it's going to be one of those paranoid unreliable narrators, 'are they or aren't they mad? They're quite popular and have enough literary scope; it's just that personally I don't want to read any more of them. However, it's not quite like that after all. Nagasaki is eccentric rather than sinister in tone.
And even if it had been what I assumed at first, the beautifully crafted style would have elevated it somewhat out of the ordinary. It seems like an excellent translation, which meant that very occasional errors became more noticeable. The translator evidently isn't familiar with the phrase 'uncanny valley' which was instead called 'mysterious valley' in a discussion about androids.
One of the few things that mars it is the withholding of a piece of information in a way that feels artificial. Perhaps something to do with Japanese etiquette or assumptions, that she didn't want it to be? Like Hiromi Kawakami's Strange Weather in Tokyo , which I read earlier this year, it looks at lonely, atomised lives in contemporary urban Japan.
Though Nagasaki , set in , has the additional dimension of the financial crash which the earlier book doesn't. The names 'Hiromi' and 'Kawakami' appear separately within a few pages in the second half of Nagasaki ; they're each quite common but it did set me wondering whether this was a deliberate reference to the Japanese author. Nagasaki feels entirely Japanese to someone who isn't a keen Japanophile and if I'd read it without knowing the author's name, I'd never have guessed it to be a translation from French.
But I really grew to like the woman's narrative, and there were lots of little bits I connected with. That meant memorising exactly where an object was before moving it out of place.
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My memory and dexterity aren't sharp enough for that now, but I used to do this as a kid sometimes, this very physical art which needs exact proprioception: it's a modest description but I felt again the stress associated with the need to get it right, whilst also being up to it. The idea of meaning was invented by humans as a balm to their anxieties, and their quest to find it is obsessive, all-consuming. As I liked her so much, I was disappointed that the narrative returned to the initial mood of potential unhingement WRT the letter she was thinking about sending Mr Shimura.
Though I have no idea how such an action would be thought of in Japan.
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Ultimately though, we don't know if she actually sent it, so I guess I'm free to assume that she thought better of it, or made it much shorter. Apr 06, Imi rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , kindle , short-stories , read-in , japanese , fiction , top-reads , he-writes , french , translations. Shimura Kobo discovers that food has begun to go missing from his house. This is obviously disturbing, as he lives completely by himself and very rarely has visitors.
Initially, Shimura seems satisfied with his solitude and way of life. He likes his routine, is proud of own space and keeps it tidy, enjoys eating the same food. However, this small disturbance in his own home and the discovery of who is behind it, causes Shimura to examine his own life. It becomes clear that he is not completely h Shimura Kobo discovers that food has begun to go missing from his house. It becomes clear that he is not completely happy with how his life has turned out.
This is an interesting study loneliness and unhappiness of ordinary people in modern life. Highly recommended as a short, fairly simple but moving novella, which has been well written and translated , that can be easily read in a single sitting. Dec 28, Neil rated it liked it Shelves: So, I didn't quite get this one.
In theory, I think it should have been brilliant. Inspired by real events, it tells the story of a man who thinks someone else has been living in his apartment. I think it is about loneliness: it explores the lives of two lonely people. But somehow, for me at least, it doesn't do that effectively and I felt it was just too short pages, a novella, when it could have taken more time to develop the people and their stories.
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I liked it a lot, It had an interesting premise, but the ending was disappointing, I didn't feel like It was finished. I'm not sure how to review this. At times it reminded me of Benedetti's main characters in a constant state of melancholy and loneliness, and then at times it reminded me of Camus's The Stranger and its detached and impervious voice. But always in a different way. Never lonely and poetic enough to really sound like Benedetti; sometimes it was even too much, with flowery metaphors that didn't really make sense. And never disjointed enough, always disconnected but able to feel just enough so that I'm not sure how to review this.
And never disjointed enough, always disconnected but able to feel just enough so that it doesn't really remind you of Camus. But overall, I liked how it sounded. Genuine, human. I don't think it added that much to the story, it could have continued from the man's POV I actually wished it had, for it left me wondering ; I think it would have been better that way. It's an interesting book. With themes of loneliness, empathy and vagrancy at its centre. How we relate to other people.
How the main character seemed closer in a sense to a woman that, even though lived with him for a year, he never talked to, than to his co-workers. How that relationship with the woman could be read as a metaphor for something else and how we relate nowadays. How the life in the city and its crowd has left us isolated.
How an older person is seen and treated particularly in Japan, where the story takes place. How a homeless person is treated, how they're left to their own and then faulted for doing what their circumstance forced them to do. The story definitely makes you think, and I liked it for that. Read this for French book club. Only mildly enjoyed the book, mostly because I like the French language and also Japanese culture.
There were three main reasons why I didn't much care for the story itself. There were too many unfamiliar words. Unknown vocabulary does not usually bother me when I read French. This time however I broke my just-keep-reading rule and used a dictionary several times to be able to follow the narrative properly.
This makes me suspect that the author overdid it in the ' Read this for French book club. This makes me suspect that the author overdid it in the 'big-words' department to sound impressive or intellectual? Both of the main characters were not particularly likeable. They were both complaining, underachieving characters who thought that life owed them. Never fun to read a book where the main character is not sympathetic.
The storyline itself was a bit boring.