The Hundred-Yen Singer

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The Hundred-Yen Singer
Author: Naomi Suenaga
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Translations: Russian, English
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Country Languages Publisher Title ISBN Translator Affiliate Link
Russia Russian Hyperion Стоиеновая певичка, или райский ангел 978-5893321159 Татьяна Редько-Добровольская
United Kingdom English Peter Owen The Hundred-Yen Singer 978-0720612745 Tom Gill
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This is a lively and humorous novel that combines themes of universal appeal with a distinctively Japanese setting. It is the story of Rinka, an enka singer, and the ups and downs of a life of seeking stardom, love and friendship. The rivalries and jealousies of her fellow performers and lovers result in some funny and complicated situations. To watch Rinka, her life submerged in an unattainable love
and permeated by unrealizable dreams, makes one realize that happiness is not a goal, but a time when you are doing something you really enjoy. The insights into life on the outer fringes of Japanese show business, and specifically into the world of enka, will appeal to readers with an interest in Japanese popular culture.