Building Waves

Japanese Literature Series
Taeko Tomioka
Translated by Louise Heal Kawai


It is the early eighties, and the housing industry is booming. Previously unpopulated mountainous areas of the Japanese countryside are being leveled to accommodate new waves of people. Similarly, a new wave of feminism, particularly a change in attitudes toward marriage and child-rearing, is growing among the women of Japan. Both the physical and social landscapes are in flux. In her early forties, married, and childless by choice, Kyoko has no compunction about getting what she wants. But when she begins a relationship with a man who is as traditional and conformist as they come, the result is at times uncomfortable, at others comical, but ultimately fatal.


Beautifully written by Taeko Tomioka, a renowned poet, Building Waves is often droll in tone, but always touching in its portrayal of a culture divided and swept along by waves of change.

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Translated by Louise Heal Kawai
Publication: Japanese Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 264
ISBN-13: 9781564786678
GTIN13: 9781564787156
Language: eng
List price: $17.95