TOKYO HEARTS: book review and giveaway

YES, I do read, but because of my mental age being quite a lot of years off the real world one - warlocks, alchemists, blood-sucking beings, superheroes, and fairy folk (you get it) are just some of the usual characters in my kind of stories.

But when I received an email from the lovely Renae about her book on love and coming-of-age, with everyday people (as we fiction-lovers may call muggles or mundanes) as the characters, I thought it was time to grow-up a little (maybe try out what people my age group should be into) well it is set in the country I adore, and I thought it would be a nice break/ excuse whilst settling in our new house.

Synopsis/ what-its-all-about:

Takashi is a young and popular university student who has fallen in love with his stylish and sophisticated friend Haruka. She is sweet and kind and adores shopping for high-end Japanese and Western brands.

Every week, they meet up in the heart of Tokyo, enjoying each other’s company, and for Takashi, life is perfect. But the path to true love is never easy. When Takashi discovers that Haruka is seeing her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto, his life begins to turn upside down.

My review:

For someone who skips straight to the young adult fiction section, or manga and comics,  I found this book a more light and heartwarming read as the story is set in the modern days and I could really visualise the streets of Tokyo and its ever so eccentric and fashionable people and those who live and fall in love in it. Speaking of which, I can definitely see this as a shoujo manga with its cute love story of Takahashi and Haruka with their ups-and-downs in their relationship and the vibrant visuals that accompany it.  It’s also always nice to read something written in the perspectives of both the main characters and I feel that I had an insight into the lives of two real people and got to know them and witness what happens behind-the-scenes of Japanese youths in their 20’s who are just starting to live out their lives and what is expected of them by society, and they’ve become my friends. With each chapter starting with something similar to a Chinese proverb, the mentions of some of my favourite brands like Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto, along with the bits of Japanese culture and language you can pick-up and learn of as you read through, it was an interesting read that would make a good gift to someone new to Japanese culture or even to a long-time loving one, as I am.

Here are some sights of Japan (and some of which are actually in the book, but I won’t spoil the fun):

The best thing about purchasing this book soon is that 10% of the profits will be donated to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund. You can also get ebook copies here for Kindle or here for other devices.

You can go to for more details and spy on the next book in the series, Tokyo Dreams


The lovely Renae has 2 books and postcards to giveaway! One to a UK Japanophile/ bookworm and another one to an international reader.

Here’s how!

  • Let us know what your dream Tokyo experience would be and write it in the comment section of this post.
  • Also include your name, your country of residence, and email address in the comment section after your blurb.

For an extra entry:

* twitter entries will only be considered if you are following BOTH accounts.

for example:

My dream experience to Tokyo would involve a lot of shopping in my favourite Japanese stores and sampling the authentic Japanese food!

- Anna Potter, UK


twitter: @annapotter

Closing date is 11:59pm (GMT) 29 August, Wednesday.

Easy-peasy! Renae will be choosing her favourite answer of a UK and an international reader. The winners will be announced on this blog and on twitter on 1 September, Saturday.

***winners will be contacted via email and/or twitter so please be sure to provide your email address.

Goodluck!!! Ganbatte kudasai!!! ^^,

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