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by Michiko Toyama
Characters By Chapter
EDITOR:
Robyn Roberts
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1TomokaFujiki21 yr old (female) sales assistant at Eden department store.
 Saya Long-time friend (female) of Tomoko.
 MrsNumauchi55 yr old part-time worker at Eden department store.
 Kiriyama 25 yr old worker (male) at Eden department store, in the spectacles section.
 MrUeshima35 yr old division chief at Eden department store.
 YorikoGonno56 yr old (female) computer teacher at Hatori Community House. Wife of Masao.
 NozomiMorinagaTeenage (female) librarian at Hatori Community House.
 SayuriKomachi47 yr old librarian (female) at Hatori Community House. A.k.a 'Stay-Puft. Nee Himeno. Ex-special-needs-teacher at the elementary school.
  KuremiyadoConfectionary company that makes Honeydome cookies/sweets.
2RyoUrase35 yr old (male) accountant at furniture manufacturer Kishimoto.
 MrEbigawaMiddle-aged owner of antique shop Enmokuya (Smoke Tree), now Hatori Community House building superintendent.
 MrTaguchiRyo's boss - department chief of Accounts at Kishimoto.
 Amano Worker (male) in Sales department of Kishimoto.
 MiyaYoshitaki20 yr old (female) assistant to Ryo.
 Hina 25 yr old (female) girlfriend of Ryo. Collects sea glass.
 MrMogi50's speaker about minerals at Hatori Community House.
 Kumiko Hina's 35 yr oldest sister.
 Erika Hina's 32 yr older sister living in Prague.
 MrYasuharaOwner of Cats Now Bookshop.
 Peter F.DuckerManagement expert. (Real)
 MrNasuda40's yr old acquaintance of Ryo and regular at Enmokuya antique shop.
 Hosaka Worker (male) in Sales at Kishimoto.
 MisumiYasuharaYasuhari's wife.
3NatsumiSakitani40 yr old (female) former Mila magazine editor for publisher Banyusha, relegated to information resources department.
 FutabaSakitani2 yr old daughter of Natsumi. A.k.a. Fu-chan.
 ShujiSakitaniNatsumi's husband, father of Futaba.
  SKY SoundsChildren's publishing company.
  MapleChildren's publishing company.
  Star CloudsChildren's publishing company.
 Gerob Centipede - popular character in a children's picture book.
 MizueKanata70 yr old famous author (female) of award winning book The Pink Plane Tree.
 YukariIshiiAuthor (female) of book Door to the Moon.
 Kiwaza 40's yr old (female) deputy editor-in-chief of Mila magazine who replaced Natsumi.
 Maya Futaba's daycare class teacher.
  Cherry Peach BooksLiterary publisher.
  Meishin BooksBookshop inside the station building.
 MsWatahashiColleague (female) of Natsumi at Maple publishers.
 Miho-chan 6 yr old daughter of Ms Watahashi
 MsArakawaEditor-in-chief (female) of children's books at Maple publishers.
4HiroyaSuda30 yr old (male) unemployed stay-at-home son. Ambition to be a drawer.
  MongerA manga character from Fujiko F. Fujio series 21 Emon.
 MrsMuroiWorker (at the fruit and vegetable market, and cleaner at the Hatori Community House.
 GenmaSaotomeManga character in Ranma 1/2.
 RumiTakahasiCreator of Ranma 1/2.
  KenshiroManga character in Fist of the North Star.
 Sugimura Hiroya's former class rep (male), organizer of class reunion.
 Seitaro School friend (male) of Hiroya. Ambition to be a writer.
 Nishiya Sneering school student (male) from Hiroya's high school days.
 HarukiMaurakamiAuthor who made debut at 30 yr old.
 JiroAsadaAuthor who made debut at 40 yr old.
 Alfred RusselWallaceAuthor (real) of Evolution: A Visual Record
 CharlesDarwinAuthor (real) of On the Origin of Species published in 1859.
 MrFurutaFacility director of community houses.
5MasaoGonno65 yr old retiree (male), husband of Yuriko, worked for 45 years in sales department of Kuremiyado.
 ChieGonnoMasao's 27 yr old daughter, works at Meishin Books.
 MrYakita75 yr old computer student at Hatori Community House making a web page about wildflowers, and teaching a 'Go' class.
 ShinpeiKusanoAuthor (Real) of children's poetry book Genge and Frogs'.
 
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EDITOR'S COMMENT: "This Japanese bestseller is on my library’s
Top 20’ list, a lovely feel-good read..."

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