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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two
orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents,
who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition.
The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national
obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art
of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater.

Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his
wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki
and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as
Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous
mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to
train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the
ripples of war spread to both families’ quiet neighborhoods,
all of the generations must put their dreams on hold---and then
find their way in a new Japan.

In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost thirty years, Gail
Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and
the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of
heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events
beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all,
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and
family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her

Tsukiyama. Reprinted with permission by St. Martin's Griffin. All
rights reserved.

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
by Gail Tsukiyama

  • Publication Date: August 5, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 0312384777
  • ISBN-13: 9780312384777