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Tokyo Prison
Akasaka Mari Wrote Postwar Japan, and...
Date:27, Apr, 2020
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Tokyo Prison is the Japanese novel written by Akasaka Mari and released in 2012. I have never heard it has translated into foreign languages like English, but it became very popular in Japan so much as its circulation counted over 100,000.

Then, I think most people are unfamiliar with the author. Akasaka Mari? You have never heard. you might say. Akasaka Mari is a Japanese female novelist who was born in 1964. She's the same age as Yoshimoto Banana. And Mari made her debut as a novelist in 1995. It's supposed that Mari had written some stories about the way women were in her early career as same as Banana, but she's been also active as a novelist who charges postwar Japan in recent years. Reading Tokyo Prison will make you get it.

The main character is Mari born in 1964. In the middle of her teenage, she had to go to America as a student. It means that it was around 1980. After several things went on, they imposed joining a debate on Mari in the American school. The theme was the blame on Emperor Showa for World War 2. He was guilty or not? Mari had to debate although she was never familiar with him. She was born after the war, and so naturally unfamiliar with the actual circumstances. It was doubtlessly a trouble to Mari. She didn't know Emperor Showa. She didn't have anything about him. She had to talk about him, however.

The story goes on with Mari in her teenage, and with Mari in her 40's. It might sound kind of mystic, but actual reading will let you get what I wrote. You might guess the novel's theme must be postwar Japan. I don't deny it. But it would be a part and not all. Another theme is, I suppose, Daughter and Mother.

Daughters are difficult to escape from the circuit called "Daughter and Mother." Mothers often work as a spell for their daughters. And they are hard to break it. If you are female, you can probably get what I mean, can't you? I am unfamiliar with what it is actually since I am a man. This novel Tokyo Prison gives us the virtual experience of the spell. Mari also met difficulties due to her mother.

about Tokyo Prison

・Written by Akasaka Mari
・Published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha





 

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