Winner of 2008 Naoki Prize, it has some faults, but definitely more depth than the movie.
The movie and the book differ in the flow of time. While the movie flows from Hana losing her parents and ends with her fiance meeting her father, the book goes back in time.
From the wedding ceremony, back in time to her first date , two murders and eventually Hana as a 9 years old, losing her parents and adoption by Jungo. Each part is told by a different Narrator, including Komachi san, Jungo’s “girlfriend”.
I must admit that the last part was a bit tiring, as I saw the movie and felt it didn’t add enough to the story.
As it happens, I watched the movie last week (before the announcement 😉 ) .
The acting, Nikaido Fumi, Asano Tadanobu and Kawai Aoba were great. Was mostly impressed with Kawai Aoba. A relatively small part in the film, but strong impact. Nikaido Fumi played her part very well, childish in parts, seductive in others.
The Not So Good:
Left the cinema feeling disappointed, last part of the film ended too fast and not clear. While spending a lot of time in Hokkaido, The Nature and murder (?) in the snow, Tokyo life were quite short. Could be that the movie follows the book, but it did not feel right.
1. Going to read the book
2. Although I found Kawai Aoba to be very interesting as an actress , her blog is quite boring
I know it is not an original idea, but it is a good one.
Easier to achieve a 30 days challenge than just a change in behavior. A 30 days challenge can become such change if successful (and makes sense).
So, what is my first 30 days challenge?
I have recently started using Zaim application to monitor my weekly/monthly spendings.
I don’t monitor the entire family spending, but what I spend for Lunch, Coffee, dinner and drinks with friends.
It is very helpful, but I feel I can do better.
I don’t need to have coffee at 10:00AM, when I had one at home (and there is Coffee in the office).
I don’t need to have that 3rd drink, extra dish.
Just cut the “Extra”. Easy, right? But how do I monitor the “Savings” of this challenge. still not clear.
(challenge is not effective while in business trips and work related functions)