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When I met the popular author Hiromi Kawakami in London recently, I asked her thoughts about the great authors of Japan’s literary past. Did she, for example, enjoy the novels of Meiji Era (1868-1912) great Natsume Soseki?

Kawakami surprised me by replying that her favorite work of his was not one of the major novels, but a prized collection of short stories called “Ten Dreams” (“Yume Juya,” 1908).

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