Summer Stories – Mieko Kawakami / 夏物語 – 川上 未映子

Natsumonogatari is a novel by Mieko Kawakami that tells the story of Natsuko, a 38-year-old woman who is struggling with the question of whether or not to have children. She is surrounded by people who have strong opinions on the matter, but she is finding it difficult to make up her own mind. One day, she meets a man named Aoba, who was conceived through artificial insemination. He is searching for his biological father, and Natsuko agrees to help him. As they get to know each other, Natsuko begins to question her own beliefs about family and motherhood.

Natsumonogatari is a beautiful and thought-provoking novel that explores the themes of motherhood, identity, and the meaning of life. Kawakami’s writing is lyrical and insightful, and she creates characters that are both relatable and complex. Natsumonogatari is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of life and the role of family in our lives.

Here are some of the things that I loved about Natsumonogatari:

  • The writing is beautiful and lyrical. Kawakami has a gift for creating simple, yet powerful prose that captures the essence of her characters and their experiences.
  • The characters are relatable and complex. Natsuko is a strong and independent woman who is struggling with a difficult decision. Aoba is a kind and gentle man who is searching for his identity. Both characters are well-developed and believable.
  • The themes are thought-provoking. Natsumonogatari explores the themes of motherhood, identity, and the meaning of life. These are all important and complex topics that Kawakami tackles with grace and intelligence.

Overall, Natsumonogatari is a beautiful, thought-provoking, and unforgettable novel. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book that will make them think and feel.




  • 文章が美しく、詩的である。川上未映子は、簡潔ながらも力強い文章で、登場人物たちの内面を描き出します。
  • 登場人物たちが共感できるほど複雑な人間である。夏子は、子どもを持つことについて悩む強い女性であり、青葉は自分の父親を探す優しい男性です。
  • テーマが深く、考えさせられる。この小説は、母性、アイデンティティ、そして人生の意味について、考えさせられる作品です。



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