Chigiri Yamazaki is a divorced single mother who has returned to Tsurugi City with her 11 year old daughter to care for her ailing father–a famouse sword maker whose business has completely faltered. It falls upon Chigiri to keep dept collectors at bay.
Go Imai, a freelance documentary maker, is on a business trip from Tokyo and has decided to stop by this little town of Tsurugi, where he had come to do a story on Chigiri’s father 25 years ago. Go reunites with Chigiri, and the two begin a love story of epic consequence and passion reminiscent of the works of Marguerite Duras and Alice Munro, set against the backdrop of bucolic Japan.
“Translucent Tree left this reader with a feeling of pure insight into Japan, not unlike the movies of Hayao Miyazaki… This is a romance, a love story, and nothing is lost in translation.” — Los Angeles Times
"Translucent Tree is impossible to label as simply romance. What I found was something more tuned-in with reality, especially a Japanese reality, but certainly human first." —Mecha Mecha Media
"I found Translucent Tree engrossing " –Katherine Dacey
"A story of a convincing, mature relationship which ends, despite its sort of fumbling beginnings, with deep love, respect, and eroticism." — Library Thing