I came across Renae Lucas-Halls “Tokyo Tales…” upon looking for books on Japan / Japanese literature, which I’m really into. It’s been hard to find new books that really speak of contemporary Japan, and since I’ve travelled there a lot – Tokyo in particular – and lived there a few times, I wanted to get something that felt both authentic, in terms of feeling like it captured the world that I encountered when I was there, but also provided me stories that brought to life characters who could show me much more than I’d already experienced.