Enjoying ‘Days at the Morisaki Bookshop’

Reffi Dhinar
Gossiping Book
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3 min readSep 11, 2023

My experience in reading how to cope after severely broken heart

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What will you do to erase your sadness after breaking up? Some of us will get drunk, be alone, or be distracted by meeting our closest friends. ‘Days at The Morisaki Bookshop’ is a beautiful and heartwarming story about Takako who was betrayed by her boyfriend, Hideaki.

This novel opens with an interesting first chapter. Hideaki told to Takako lightly that he had a plan to marry another girl. If we want to call him a bastard, I think he is nastier than that. Hideaki deserved to get a punch on his face until he lost some teeth (OMG, I’m so angry when I write this, LMAO).

Takako losed her words. She wasn’t angry. She let go of Hideaki peacefully. Then, when she was alone in her house, she started to cry. It could be difficult if she continued to work in her current office because Hideaki worked in the same place as her. The only way to keep her sanity was to resign from her job.

Unusual Family Bond in A Second-Hand Bookshop

As always, Japanese novel conveys the loneliness in the human heart with beautiful detail and at the same time, they can pull out the unique layer through the story. Takako couldn’t find a new job and her mother asked her to stay together with her uncle, Satoru. She didn’t have any choice. If she didn’t want to stay in her uncle’s house, she should move back to Kyushu, her hometown. Takako didn’t want it.

Satoru was a quirky man who ran a second-hand bookshop. He inherited it from his father, Takako’s grandfather. He was a bookworm and loved to travel until he should stop to run the family business.

At first, Takako didn’t like to read a book. She helped her uncle to keep the bookshop, meanwhile, she showed signs of depression. Takako preferred to sleep than walk outside. Her excessive sleeping hours occurred because she wanted to forget her wounded heart for a while. Satoru knew it and he invited his niece to learn about Jimbocho’s area deeper.

The dynamic between Satoru and Takako is fascinating. We can learn about how to solve our pain by communicating it or just doing something, whether it’s just walking around the street. Takako felt like her uncle just wanted to meddle in her private life. However, it turned out she knew about Satoru’s pain. Actually, they are look-alike.

A Place That Becomes the Center

This novel uses a second-hand bookstore as the center of the story. It’s like Morisaki bookshop and the people around Jimbocho recorded the story among Takako and Satoru. Finally, they learn to express their pain and face their internal struggles.

Takako becomes a bookworm when she wants to fulfil a hollow in her daily activity. It reminded me of ‘The Miracles of the Namiya General Store’ by Keigo Higashino, but Morisaki doesn’t use a time-travel storyline.

Read this novel and find the pleasure to know about some of the good titles of Japanese novels.