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.
About the Author
Over the past decade few female comic artists have been as beloved or as recognized for their work internationally as Fumi Yoshinaga. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinaga is a graduate of Tokyo's prestigious Keio University. A lifelong comic artist and story teller, she made her professional debut in 1994 with her short series, The Moon and the Sandals, serialized in Houbunsha's monthly Boys Love anthology Hanaoto. Since her debut Yoshinaga has penned more than a dozen, with a good number of them having been adapted into motion pictures and animated TV series. Her work on Antique Bakery sent her into international fame and she has since been nominated in the United States for the Eisner Award for her titles - Flowers of Life and Ooku.
In 2009 she was recognized with the James Tiptree Award for her literary contributions covering the topics of gender in speculative fiction in her title Ooku. Ooku also received the Osamu Tezuka Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.
“This is very much a slice-of-life story in the most literal sense of that term, and it’s a credit to Yoshinaga’s skill with character building that even these everyday conversations are interesting, letting them give insight to the characters without hammering the reader over the head about it… This is the kind of slice-of-life I want to see, the sort that actually feels like a slice of someone’s life and not just overly pleasant wish-fulfillment.” — The Manga Test Drive