あん 👵🏻 - Week 1 (Intermediate Book Club)

I intended to start this week’s reading earlier since I was afraid of falling behind. It was a pleasant surprise when I started and finished today in one sitting. It helps that it’s mostly character dialogue right now. And I find the author’s writing style quite pleasant to read.

I’ve only seen the movie once just before I came to Japan about 7 years ago, but it left a lasting impression on me. Even now I still remember the details of the movie vividly, which is odd for me having only seen it once.

While reading, I could recall the scene of the sakura dancing in the wind and the interaction between the characters as I remembered from the movie. It felt nostalgic or something because I felt like crying at the time :sweat_smile:

I already know the plot of the story, so in order to spark some discussion and maybe bring some important points to attention, I’ll write up some discussion questions.

  1. Why do you think Sentaro is so against hiring Tokue at his shop despite her negotiation and potential experience?

  2. Tokue is very persistent about working at ドラ春, even offering to work at a dirt low wage for the opportunity. Why do you think she won’t settle for a no?

  3. Why do you think Sentaro is running a dorayaki business especially when he’s using questionable practices to make his あん?

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