Gentle, pleasant and charming are all words that feel appropriate when describing The Nakano Thrift Shop.
Translated from Hiromi Kawakami’s original Japanese text, the story follows Hitomi, a young girl who takes a low-paying job at the local thrift shop.
As you may have guessed, it’s hardly a page turner. Yet I found myself developing a strong fondness for each of the characters, in their own quirky, imperfect kind of way.
Much like Hiromi herself, the story is understated and slightly awkward, but has a highly endearing quality.
An agreeable Sunday night read.
This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 160. You can read it here.