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The Easy Life in Kamuari (Forest #1)

2 November, 2021

Book cover has mountains in the distance, very full green trees with their canopy above the mountain tops. Small flowers are scattered among the leaves. There are two people who look like statues with clouds at their feet up at the top of the trees.The Easy Life in Kamuari (Forest #1) by Shion Miura translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter
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Yuki Hirano is just out of high school when his parents enroll him, against his will, in a forestry training program in the remote mountain village of Kamusari. No phone, no internet, no shopping. Just a small, inviting community where the most common expression is “take it easy.”

At first, Yuki is exhausted, fumbles with the tools, asks silly questions, and feels like an outcast. Kamusari is the last place a city boy from Yokohama wants to spend a year of his life. But as resistant as he might be, the scent of the cedars and the staggering beauty of the region have a pull.

Yuki learns to fell trees and plant saplings. He begins to embrace local festivals, he’s mesmerized by legends of the mountain, and he might be falling in love. In learning to respect the forest on Mt. Kamusari for its majestic qualities and its inexplicable secrets, Yuki starts to appreciate Kamusari’s harmony with nature and its ancient traditions.

In this warm and lively coming-of-age story, Miura transports us from the trappings of city life to the trials, mysteries, and delights of a mythical mountain forest. — Image and summary via Goodreads


2 November, 2021
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