From the James Tripee Award Winning author, Fumi Yoshinaga, comes a casual romance between two 40-year-old men and the many meals they share together.
Gilbert invites himself over for a hot-pot made with common-folk ingredients, and Shiro wonders if things will be weird with Kohinata. Kenji tries to put off entering his 50’s for as long as possible, until Shiro reframes the idea of birthday celebrations, just as an old college classmate of Shiro’s passes away. Changes are afoot at both Kenji’s salon and Shiro’s law firm… but the one constant is that there is always good food and great company to be enjoyed.
As his clients get on in years, Kenji starts offering house call haircuts, which leads to the most emotional moment of Kenji’s career as a stylist. Shino asks for someone to split the burden of clerical work at the office and the firm ends up with a very perceptive new employee. And Kohinata calls Shiro in a panic asking for help with Gilbert, and ultimately makes Shiro a very intriguing offer…
Madam surprises Shiro with a gift that he quickly puts to good use. Shino asks Shiro for advice on how to keep her new husband fit and healthy. Kayoko invites Shiro to a cherry blossom picnic, at which Shiro is rescued from romantic disaster. Kenji gets a spiffy new suit for his birthday, and the couple considers the implications of a new same-sex partnership certificate law in Shibuya…
Shino gets engaged to someone unexpected, Shiro’s cooking buddy Kayoko contends with her growing family, and Shiro confronts new challenges as his parents get on in years—and the common thread in each family unit is cooking that comes from the heart. Shiro gets a surprising offer at work, and Kenji comes home with a surprise of his own…
In this volume, the intrepid lawyer/gourmand Shiro deals with the closing of his beloved local supermarket, his ageing parents (and growing older himself), dodges lawyerly politics, and reveals a shocking secret to Kenji about why their apartment is so cheap to rent.
Shiro continues to showcase an array of inventive yet simple-to-make dishes, and his cooking buddy Kayoko comes up with tasty recipes to cook up Mr. Kohinata’s food after his fridge breaks down.
The recipes include celebratory year-end-only dishes as Shiro rings in the New Year at home, with Kenji, for the first time.
For Kenji’s birthday Shiro gifts a trip together to Kyoto, but the lawyer’s uncharacteristic spree has the easy-going hair stylist fearing the worst. Also in this volume, “brownies” enter Shiro’s lexicon and repertoire.
In this volume of discovery and acceptance, we learn that happiness depends on small constant pleasures (meals first and foremost)—and that the reason Kenji fell for Shiro has to do with an ’80s manga. As the couple’s relationship deepens, author Yoshinaga takes the slice-of-life genre to unique heights.
From award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga comes a casual romance between two middle-aged men and the many meals they share together. A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!