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Ueno Park's golden ginkgo leaves evoke sublime thoughts

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A man named Kazu, born during the first decade of the Showa Era (1926-1989), is the protagonist of the novel "JR Ueno Eki Koen-guchi" by female author Yu Miri, an ethnic Korean resident in Japan.

Translated into English and published as "Tokyo Ueno Station," it won this year's National Book Award for Translated Literature in the United States.

The author portrays socio-economic disparities during the era of Japan's postwar economic miracle, through the poignant life of a man who left his hometown in Fukushima Prefecture to find work in Tokyo.

Her depiction of Ueno Park in autumn, abutting the eponymous train station, leaves a lasting impression.

As a homeless laborer camping out in the park, Kazu ekes out a paltry income........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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