The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

  • by Gail Tsukiyama
  • Narrated by Stephen Park
  • 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession with sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater. Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold - and then find their way in a new Japan.
In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost 30 years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her powers.


What the Critics Say

"Gail Tsukiyama is a writer of astonishing grace, delicacy, and feeling. Her lyric precision serves not only to leave the reader breathless but to illuminate human suffering and redemption with clarity and power." (Michael Chabon)
"Well written and emotionally gripping." ( Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Can't recommend this enough!

Beautifully written and narrated wonderfully, I felt I'd been transported into the lives of the characters. Very sad at times, so sad in fact that I had to leave the story and return to it a little later on a couple of occasions. I've only just finished but miss it already.
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- Vonny Milonny

Loved it

A beautiful story. The characters are so rich with history and so vivid in description. If you are searching for a gripping slice of life story give this one a try.
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- Ruan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio