Mizuki Tsujimura

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Mizuki Tsujimura

Mizuki Tsujimura 辻村深月

Mizuki Tsujimura (1980–)  was an avid reader from an early age, and while still in grade school was so struck by Yukito Ayatsuji’s puzzler Jukkakukan no satsujin (Murder at Jukkaku Hall) that she began writing mysteries of her own. She made her literary debut in 2004 by winning the Mephisto Award for Tsumetai kōsha no toki wa tomaru (Time Stops in the Ice-Cold School), an expansive novel she had first begun writing in high school and spent her college years completing; it was none other than Ayatsuji who phoned to notify her of the award. Her mother-daughter novel Zero hachi zero nana (Zero Eight Zero Seven) was short-listed for the Naoki Prize in 2010. In 2011 she won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers for Tsunagu (Link), and was short-listed for the Naoki once again with Ōdā meido satsujin kurabu (Made-to-Order Murder Club). She finally won the Naoki Prize in 2012 for her story collection Kagi no nai yume o miru (Dreaming a Dream without a Key). Also in 2012, her novel-length cozy mystery Honjitsu wa taian nari (It’s an Auspicious Day) was adapted into a television series. Other works include the youth novel Shima wa bokura to (Our Island), Mōmoku-teki na koi to yūjō (Blind Love and Friendship), and Haken anime! (Anime Supremacy).

Books by Mizuki Tsujimura
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    This is a fantasy novel that ponders what life would be like if we could be reunited with the dead. When he is 17, Ayumi Shibuya's ailing 75-year-old grandmother Aiko asks him to learn the secret teachings that have been passed down from generation to gen …

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    Dreaming a Dream without a Key

    This volume contains five short stories centering on women at important milestones in their lives?romance, marriage, childbirth. Perhaps most successful among them is the superb Kimimoto-ke no yukai (The Kimimoto Kidnapping), which was the first story the …

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    Blind Love and Friendship

    The separate loves of two young women, along with their mutual friendship, are recounted with a marked element of suspense. Part 1, “Love,” is narrated in the first person by Ranka Ichinose; Part 2, “Friendship,” by Rurie Kasanuma. The two women …

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    Anime Supremacy

    The fast-paced, highly competitive world of anime production for television, a field in which Japan has long been a leading force, is unveiled in this first-rate entertainment by author Mizuki Tsujimura. Anime series are typically broadcast in 30-minute …

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    The Cherry Has Bloomed

    Three linked stories portray the emotional ups and downs of adolescence. In Yakusoku no basho, yakusoku no jikan (Agreed Time, Agreed Place), 13-year-old Yū Kikuchi arrives as a midyear transfer student at Tomohiko Takemiya’s middle school. Short and …

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    Lone Castle in the Mirror

    A story that delves into the circumstances and psychology of children who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves unable to go to school even when they want to. Shortly after entering middle school, Kokoro Anzai starts getting bullied by the alpha gir …

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