[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃

My first nomination post, so tell me if I need to fix anything!


Author: 有川 浩
Page count: 274 (according to Natively)
Natively: Level 29






(From Amazon; English version)

A book that “speak[s] volumes about our need for connection—human, feline or otherwise” (The San Francisco Chronicle), The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice that shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy—the perfect gift for cat lovers and travellers!

We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts…

An instant international bestseller and indie bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…

With his crooked tail—a sign of good fortune—and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.


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Ebook Japan

Personal Opinion

I came across the English version in my local library a week ago, decided to read it and liked it a lot! It’s very wholesome and heartwarming. Cat lovers especially will love this — it’s told from the perspective of a cat. It was a candidate for the Shugoro Yamamoto Award, Futaro Yamada Award and the Keibundo Grand Prize in 2013.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • A feel-good story
  • No foul language, sex, violence, or any taboo themes
  • It has a movie!
  • Each chapter is mostly self-contained, so people who are behind can more easily catch up


  • Not sure


First Three Pages of Chapter One

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