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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,038 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Tsukiyama Narrator: Stephen Park Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession with sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater.

Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold - and then find their way in a new Japan.

In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost 30 years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her powers.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arlene | 2/5/2014

    " I really like this author. In this book she follows two brothers from their childhood in wartime Tokyo through their adult successes and tragedies. It is especially good with its view of the life of a Sumo wrestler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marnie | 2/4/2014

    " I read this for my book club, and I had high hopes, because I'm very interested in Japan. However, I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters, which made for a very long read. Unless you have a definite interest in sumo wrestling, I wouldn't recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chet | 2/3/2014

    " Very good read with what I felt was an appropriate conclusion. I knew very little of Japanese culture and the time period of this book was Pre-World War Two through the early sixties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by martha Boyle | 2/2/2014

    " For me, this book was painfully slow and did not hold my interest. It got better in the last third of the book. "

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