‘I, on the other hand, still might not be considered a proper adult. I had been very grown-up when I was in primary school. But as I continued through secondary school, I in fact became less grown-up. And then as the years passed, I turned into quite a childlike person. I suppose I just wasn’t able to ally myself with time.’

– Hiromi Kawakami, Strange Weather in Tokyo

‘Once the thought occurred to me, the idea steadily expanded in my mind. Soon enough, I became convinced that Sensei was calling me from the other room. If not kept in check, night-time thoughts are prone to amplification.’

– Hiromi Kawakami, Strange weather in Tokyo