Translator: Bryson, Kenneth J.
Okei : a girl from the provinces
Set in the midst of samurai warfare in the mountainous region of Aizu in the late 19th century, Okei recounts the coming of age of a young peasant girl, who falls desperately in love with the fierce warrior Sanasuma Kingo, only to learn that the world she inhabits has no place for love.
The paradise bird tattoo (or, attempted double-suicide)
After leaving his job at an advertising agency, Ikushima flees the city and finds himself in the town of Amagasaki, where his brief encounters with troubled neighbors lead to a contemplation of suicide and eventually a love affair.