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Japan: Kiki's Atashi Kanojo

Categories: East Asia, Japan, Arts & Culture, Literature

Blogger Akihito Kobayashi at the Shirokuma Blog reports on his experience [1] [ja] reading the winning work in this year's keitai shosetsu [2] awards: “Atashi Kanojo” (あたし彼女) by 23-year-old writer Kiki. Although the short story has all the elements of the genre — sex, pregnancy, abortion, and many one-word sentences — Akihito still ended up liking it. He recommends that to get the most out of the book, you should read it in keitai form, which you can do online here [3] [ja]. Update: check out this post [4] at What's happening in Japan right now for more on cell phone novels.