100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café


While Akira is on a mission to save his little sister, he’s lost. It seems he cannot remember where he’s come from, or any further details. Thereafter, when the owner of the Tokyo Ghost Café asks Julian and Chie for their assistance, it’s a tall task However, it seems their purpose might be weighted with difficulties. After all, don’t they intend to journey North, on a field trip, researching ghost stories? What’s more, isn’t their final destination, Osorezan, Fear Mountain, the ‘place that spirits go to die’ full of potential danger?

Chie’s certain that they will follow all good advice to keep safe. She has her own mission to meet Rōshi- Rabbit. Then again, Julian’s compelled by his need to research. What can go wrong? Their journey will be full of stories from ages past, and then strange encounters….

However, they will be trailed by Tsuki-Moon, ghost cat. What’s more, there are others on quests, from K-san, skateboarder, to Yūki, whom we met in Tsunami Girl. What connects them all? Then again, what will Julian and Chi discover?

Bookwagon adores this magnificent book. Its collaboration of stories and graphic/ manga novel is a triumph. Thereafter, we recommend 100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café to all our older readers. It is a truly wonderful reading experience.

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100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café

Julian Sedgwick and Chie Kutsuwada

(Guppy Books)

It seems that Julian Sedgwick is on a mission to collect Japan’s stories of spirits and the dead. He’s accompanied by artist Chie Kutswuwada, with whom he collaborated on the award-winning Tsunami Girl. However, this journey north is riddled with detours, right from the start. It seems the cafe’s owner wants them to help young Akira find his way home. However, there’s something strange about Akira. Then again, what about the café owner?
Along the way, the pair are trailed by Tsuki-Moon. Then again, there are others travelling, from the skateboarding K-chan whose encounters with ghosts seem to be something to be predictable. Then again, we rejoin Yūki and Taka, from Tsunami Girl. It seems Yūki’s in search for something more from her grandfather’s home. What about Taka? What is their relationship? Furthermore, who is Nozomi who seems to track the routes of travellers and history?
Alongside the glorious graphics, the storytelling is rich and compelling. There is such poignancy, such empathy and reconnection within this title that Bookwagon could not put it down. We recommend 100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Café highly to older readers. This is a magnificent book.


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