Sweet Bean Paste

Sweet Bean Paste

Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste.

But everything is about to change.

Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue's dark secret is revealed, with devastating consequences.

Sweet Bean Paste is a moving novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship. Translated into English for the first time, Durian Sukegawa's beautiful prose is capturing hearts all over the world.

Title:Sweet Bean Paste
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781786071958
Format Type:

    Sweet Bean Paste Reviews

  • Mischenko

    See the full review and how I made dorayaki @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/...The story begins with Sentaro, a man who was previously in jail and is now working in a little confectionary shop ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Priceless! Moving! If I had ‘the power’.....I’d call “Sweet Bean Paste” a classic Japanese novel. The blurb says PLENTY....in telling what this book is ‘about’ for readers. ITS THE EXPER...

  • Diane S ?

    Most of the books I have read by Japanese authors seem to contain little emotion in their writing. It is the situations themselves that evoke feeling in the reader as the story is told in a very matte...

  • PorshaJo

    Rating 4.5 but still thinking about it..A wonderful heartwarming and heartbreaking story wrapped into the cutest little book. A small book with baby blue and pink on the cover is just charming. And it...

  • Cindy

    Short and sweet; a quick read with the type of sentimentality, calm, and wholesomeness you'd expect from a Japanese drama, but it didn't grab me the way the author intended. I think it's interesting t...

  • Vanessa

    A beautiful warm heartfelt story of an unconventional friendship. A book that teaches us the lessons in patience and listening really listening, to people but also nature around us and the importance ...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    5 Reasons To Read This Book! Full review found on my blog.Reason #1: It's So HeartwarmingThis is everything you might have wanted for an evening when you're feeling a little sad. It's written in a ...

  • Sara

    In case you haven't noticed, I've been reading only Japanese and Korean short literature all this weekend, and so far this has by far been my favourite. I went in not knowing anything about the story,...

  • JimZ

    This is a solid 3 stars. In the middle to the end it dragged a bit. Still, it is something I would definitely recommend. Before reading it, I did not know anything about the disease of leprosy. One of...

  • Sam Quixote

    Sentaro is an ex-con working off a debt in a dorayaki shop (dorayaki is Japanese confectionery where two pancakes sandwich sweet Azuki red bean paste). But business is slow. One day a mysterious elder...