by Ryu Takeshi
The streets of Tokyo are different at night. There is darkness behind the glitter and the neon lights, and people who prefer to stay in the shadows, to dwell in the underworld -- whores, gangsters, the homeless, the lost. People like Sato. He's part of this world, he always has been, but a feeling of change is lingering in the heavy air of the bustling city. A feeling brought to life by fateful encounters of solitary souls.
Shadow Shinjuku is a dark, yet magical journey into the depths of Tokyo's nightlife and the depths of the human soul. Ryu Takeshi's first novel is a unique and mesmerizing blend of the imagery of Japanese animation and film, the colors and details of street photography, and the mystical lyricism of soulful music. But above everything, it is a beautiful story that wraps you in its embrace and doesn't let go.
Shadow Shinjuku is a dark and emotional tale exploring themes of love and family through the eyes of misfits and outcasts living in the shadows of Tokyo.
The novel follows Sato, a quiet and reclusive member of a crime organization. He is loyal to his boss, who took him in as a homeless, orphaned child, and he only feels comfortable at night, in the dark streets and mysterious bars of Tokyo. But all that changes when he befriends a weird, funny salaryman named Kon, and becomes the personal bodyguard to boss Yamaguchi's only daughter, Ren, who has the power to remove people's thoughts and send them back to the "Sea of Thought". Through their newly found bonds, Sato, Kon and Ren begin to question their lives and past decisions, and they embark on a dark and emotional journey in search of meaning, love and family, which takes them to the deepest hell of the Tokyo underworld, the sacred mountains of northern Japan, and a mystical dimension on the edges of the human realm.
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