The author, who was born in Japan, describes the experiences of someone
like herself, having returned to Tokyo, working for a Japanese corporation,
and smashing into European/Japanese cultural differences every time she
turns a corner. This unpretentious tale reads like a cross between
Kafka and Charlie Chaplin. Very little happens. Very little
needs to happen. The heart of the story is the narrator's perspective,
and how it changes -- from her first enthusiastic day on the job to the
day, a year later, when she resigns. All the characters are drawn
in bold exaggerated style -- as caricatures, which helps make them memorable
and comic; and is a constant reminder that the story should not be taken
seriously: just enjoyed.
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