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Just So Happens (2014)

von Fumio Obata

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Yumiko was born in Japan but has made a life in London, losing herself in its cosmopolitan bustle. She has a gallery show of her art, a good job, and a good guy she plans to marry. The culture she grew up in seems very far away--until her brother phones with the news that their father has died. Yumiko returns to Tokyo and finds herself immersed in the rituals of death while also plunged into the rituals of life--fish bars, bullet trains, pagodas--as she confronts the question of where her future really lies. Just So Happens deals both gently and powerfully with grief, identity, and the pressure not to disappoint one's parents, even after they're gone, in a look at the relationships that build the foundation of our lives.  … (mehr)
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***SECOND TIME READING FOR THE MAGICAL READATHON YEAR 2020***
OWL Muggle Studies - Book from the perspective of a Muggle (contemporary)

I read this while my partner was listening to metal songs in Hindi, Turkish, Japanese and Maori (?) Somehow it felt very fitting to this story.

***AFTER THE FIRST TIME READING***
I bought this as a birthday present to myself (not because the salesperson was so enthusiastic about it). Then I forgot about it because I do that sometimes when I don't immediately read something.

I'm glad I did.

This... was a quiet story. Not much happens but that was its power.

I have the tendency to forget things. To get distracted with other stuff. I also did while reading this. But the emotion it created had such an impact on me. It wasn't a bad thing I got distracted because I would remember. I would feel.

Like I said it's a quiet story. Not much happens except for the emotions of one person. The art style helps with that. I don't have any training in the arts so I don't know what's it called. But it's beautiful. It felt like I was in Japan and London. Even the part about Noh theatre. I know nothing about it but for a vague memory of a documentary I once saw (?). Few tones of a instrument I don't know.

I did have some questions but... in the end they don't matter because I loved it. A story I will enjoy in the years to come. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I liked this story and didn't necessarily find anything wrong with it...I think I just wanted more. The Noh theater metaphor was really interesting. I feel like if Yumiko had spent just slightly longer back home, I would have gotten a better grasp of her story and the depth of her emotions. Still--beautiful art and an interesting homecoming (of sorts) story.

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Counting as "culture other than your own" for the Panels Read Harder challenge. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I read this graphic novel on a rainy afternoon on a tram packed with people. I credit this book for allowing me to completely disappear, I almost missed my stop! Worth checking out. ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |
I consumed this memoir in an hour or two. It is a fairly easy read.

I loved Obata's drawing style, but I find the story somewhat lacking. I realize that this was obviously a very personal work, but that didn't make it interesting. I lost my own father last year, so I thought I would empathize more with the sudden death, the struggle of a family you don't see often, but I wasn't engaged with her telling, despite a personal connection. It was not gripping writing.

The stuff about the Noh Theatre was beautifully drawn, but I did not find this comic to be as informative as people suggested to me. There are few few lines of new information, but it didn't really draw insight into another culture.

At the end of the day, I would attempt another Obata work, but I am giving away this one. ( )
  OptimisticCautiously | Sep 16, 2020 |
I consumed this memoir in an hour or two. It is a fairly easy read.

I loved Obata's drawing style, but I find the story somewhat lacking. I realize that this was obviously a very personal work, but that didn't make it interesting. I lost my own father last year, so I thought I would empathize more with the sudden death, the struggle of a family you don't see often, but I wasn't engaged with her telling, despite a personal connection. It was not gripping writing.

The stuff about the Noh Theatre was beautifully drawn, but I did not find this comic to be as informative as people suggested to me. There are few few lines of new information, but it didn't really draw insight into another culture.

At the end of the day, I would attempt another Obata work, but I am giving away this one. ( )
  OptimisticCautiously | Sep 16, 2020 |
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Yumiko was born in Japan but has made a life in London, losing herself in its cosmopolitan bustle. She has a gallery show of her art, a good job, and a good guy she plans to marry. The culture she grew up in seems very far away--until her brother phones with the news that their father has died. Yumiko returns to Tokyo and finds herself immersed in the rituals of death while also plunged into the rituals of life--fish bars, bullet trains, pagodas--as she confronts the question of where her future really lies. Just So Happens deals both gently and powerfully with grief, identity, and the pressure not to disappoint one's parents, even after they're gone, in a look at the relationships that build the foundation of our lives.  

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