Maybe it’s because it’s too obvious, or maybe I’ve just missed it - but why does no one talk about The Dark Ocean being a metaphor for depression, for both Kari and Ken? I really want to see beautiful in depth analysis of this, but I just can’t seem to find any.
The stationery section of the World’s Best Bookstore. And I’ve seen a lot of bookstores and worked in a few of them. This is Keibunsha books, up in the sleepy northeastern Kyoto suburb of Ichijoji. Take the small train from Demachiyanagi, get off at Ichijoji, turn to walk down the street (away from the mountains) and look for the accumulation of bicycles in the outside nondescript street.