Title: Nandin Branch, Taste of Hoshigaki
Author: Yuka Kato
Cover painting: Arthur Hatton
Price: JPY 300 / USD 2.61
Length: 17 pages
Publication date: August 13, 2021
Available worldwide in: Japan, USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, India
In a remote, scenic health retreat, there was a shrine which protected a big, holy camphor tree. A man found a nandin branch with beautiful red fruits growing right out of the tree. A bitter and transient life of the man and his sick wife goes around the mysterious branch.
“Taste of Hoshigaki”
A boy who had lost his parents as a baby was sent to a Zen temple. He was then sentenced to spend the rest of his life as a boy monk “Shūshin”…
The author herself wrote this English version of the short story “南天の枝／干し柿の味” originally in Japanese.
Yuka Kato was born in Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan. She works as a translator/proofreader on localization and literary translation. She enjoys photography and writing in her free time.
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