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Renae Lucas-Hall
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19 Jun 2012
Haruka and Takashi are devoted to shopping and going out in Tokyo. She loves her Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermès scarves and Louboutin shoes. He enjoys eating out and looking through the department stores in Ginza and Shibuya. Together they make a cute couple but love is never easy. Takashi’s world starts to turn upside down when he realises Haruka has started seeing Jun, her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto. When Haruka travels to Kyoto to meet up with Jun and his mother, a series of earthquakes hit Tokyo and Takashi is injured. Haruka is unable to contact him and it looks like she’ll never see Takashi again, the boy who truly loves her. Filled with cultural significance, this story will appeal to readers who have an interest in Japan and the mind-set of the Japanese people. 10% of the profit from the sales of the paperback 'Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story' in 2012/13 is donated to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (19 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781487693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781487693
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renae Lucas-Hall is an Australian-born British novelist and writer. Renae spent many years studying French, Italian and Japanese because she loves languages and she always wanted to be an interpreter, a teacher or a writer. Renae graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor's degree in Japanese language and culture before living and working in Tokyo for two years. Renae has continued to work with the Japanese for many years in Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. Renae has also completed an Advanced Diploma of Business Marketing at RMIT in Melbourne and at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. Over the past twenty years, Renae has enjoyed visiting Japan many times for work or as a tourist and these days she continues to love reading and writing anything and everything about Japan. Renae lives in the Cotswolds in the United Kingdom with her husband and their Siberian husky.

Renae Lucas-Hall's first novel Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story was published in 2012. Her second book Tokyo Tales: A Collection of Japanese Short Stories was released in June 2014. Renae is currently writing her third book called Tokyo Dreams - this is the sequel to Tokyo Hearts. You can find out more about Renae, her books and her writing at

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"It’s also always nice to read something written in the perspectives of both the main characters and I feel that I had an insight into the lives of two real people and got to know them and witness what happens behind-the-scenes of Japanese youths in their 20’s who are just starting to live out their lives and what is expected of them by society, and they’ve become my friends. With each chapter starting with something similar to a Chinese proverb, the mentions of some of my favourite brands like Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto, along with the bits of Japanese culture and language you can pick-up and learn of as you read through, it was an interesting read that would make a good gift to someone new to Japanese culture or even to a long-time loving one, as I am." (Steffi Santiago, Kei & Ink)


"The sweet and charming love story of 'Tokyo Hearts' would make the perfect holiday read" (Laura, Itsumo Japan)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read. 28 Mar 2013
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I’ve just finished reading Tokyo Hearts and I really enjoyed it. The style of writing was very modern and the language and the imagery were captivating. I’ve never been to Japan but I really feel like I know so much more about the culture and the Japanese people after reading this book. I’ve read other great works by Japanese writers such as Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa and I’ve always thought that their books tend to rely on strange and unusual themes. Tokyo Hearts on the other hand was straightforward and I could easily relate to the characters. I think this beautiful love story perfectly reflected everyday life in Japan and the ups and downs faced by young Japanese people growing up surrounded by the trappings and expectations of this homogeneous society with an amazing culture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story for young adults 12 Mar 2013
By pete
I really enjoyed this book because it is well written and gives an insight into the lives of young adults in Japan today. Its interesting to eavesdrop into conversations held in a language with unfamiliar nuances. This book would be of real value to young readers learning Japanese or thinking of traveling to Japan. I look forward to more work from this talented young writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to lose yourself in 13 Jan 2014
By GoldenJ
A beautifully written and engaging love story set in Japan, Tokyo Hearts is a book to lose yourself in. The scenes are believable, the dialogue that moves the story along is warm and evocative, the characters leap of the pages. Pleased to have found it, looking forward to another release by Renae Lucas Hall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a virtual tour of Tokyo 22 Oct 2013
Take a virtual tour of Tokyo via fiction

A coming of age story, almost a novella, that charts the relationship between Takashi and Haruka.
For us this is a fabulous novel that weaves its way into the heart of Tokyo life and brings the city into sharp focus for the reader. This is a great novel for exploring frenetic Tokyo life, offering up little aspects that make Tokyo, well, Tokyo. The automatic opening of taxi doors, the young peoples' love of Western and Japanese named brands,descriptions of the kotatsu heaters that many older style dwellings still have. Pocky Sticks! The intricacies of the subway lines. And the delightful examples of how the Japanese enthusiastically embrace western words and names that result in what, to us, are plain wacky: the author mentions two wedding magazines called Zexy and 25ans, and the coffee shop "hors et dans". It's all there, little vignettes of how the city works.... and not a single mention of Pocari Sweat!! If you fancy an armchair trip to Tokyo, either to rekindle memories of a visit, or to prepare for an upcoming journey; or just because you want a bit of insight, then give this book a go.
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