It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side.
Travel, Cats, Japan
HIRO ARIKAWA is a female light novelist from Kōchi, Japan and lives in Tokyo.
"Anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal will read this book with gratitude, for its understanding of an emotion that ennobles us as human beings, whether we value it or not" - Lynne Truss, Guardian
Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn't know why and Satoru won't say.
Set against the backdrop of Japan's changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana's story explores the wonder and thrill of life's unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take.
At the heart of this book is a powerful message about the importance of kindness. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.
A bestseller in Japan, THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES has become an unexpected international hit and made into a live-action Japanese film.