I wrote this after I cleaned my bookshelf, and was left with a collection of unfinished books and nostalgic postcards I'd been using as bookmarks. I wondered, "What might happen if I'd taken these books straight to Book-Off without realizing the postcards were in them? What sort of person might fall for the content in those postcards?"
Thus, Akiko was born, the kind of person who falls in love with shadows. And though shadows might remain forever unchanged, the person making them can't help but change with the passing of time. That contrast was interesting to me.
I've been trying to collaborate with illustrators for my recent work, and in this case I enlisted the help of comic artist Irene Koh (http://koh.money/) to give the story something visual. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I'm a Tokyo based writer who does food, coffee, and short fiction. In love with the ever constant ebb and flow of Tokyo life.