A Short Story from Masatsugu Ono and Emergence Magazine
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In this short story by Japanese author Masatsugu Ono, translated and narrated by Sam Malissa, a woman and her young son move to an abandoned seaside village along Japan’s eastern coast, where they’re met by the well-meaning attention of its curious last inhabitants and their wise old dog. As a typhoon rises from the sea, reality, memory, and illusion begin to collapse into one another—and the pair find themselves increasingly inseparable from the mysterious landscape.
Masatsugu Ono is an author, translator, and professor of literature at Rikkyo University. His works include Boat on a Choppy Bay, which won him the Mishima Yukio Prize, and A Prayer Nine Years Ago, winner of the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s highest literary honor. His translations include Marie NDiaye’s Rosie Carpe, and Edouard Glissant’s Introduction to the Poetics of Diversity.
Sam Malissa holds a PhD in Japanese literature from Yale University. His translation of The End of the Moment We Had by Toshiki Okada was featured in The New York Times. Other translations include Bullet Train and Three Assassins, by Kotaro Isaka, and short fiction by Shun Medoruma, Kyohei Sakaguchi, and Hideo Furukawa.
Studio Airport is Bram Broerse and Maurits Wouters. Together with a small team of creatives, they run a design practice based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The studio has been recognized with international awards for projects such as Hart Island Project (New York), Amsterdam Art Council, and Greenpeace International.