The Japanese bestselling novel “Love Like the Falling Petals” by Keisuke Uyama has just been released across America. First published by Shueisha, Inc. in 2017, the romance novel which explores the beauty and pain of young love, became a runaway bestseller in Japan, selling more than 700,000 copies, and also inspired a popular, live-action Netflix movie of the same name in 2022.
“Growing up, dreaming I would one day become a writer, I never thought that my stories would be read outside of Japan and reach people around the world,” said novelist and accomplished screenwriter Keisuke Uyama. “I am deeply moved and excited about the English-language edition of Love Like the Falling Petals.”
“I first got to know the story of Love Like The Falling Petals through the Netflix film,” said cover artist Heikala, a Finnish artist who resides in Tokyo. “Then when I got the chance to read the book, I was touched by the way that Uyama depicts the varying forms of love in his book.”
The hardcover edition is scheduled to go on sale on January 16, 2024, at finer bookstores, distributed by Ingram/Publisher’s Group West. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA),which promotes international awareness and mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. through a wide range of cultural programs and grants, along with Kinokuniya bookstores are supporting the release of Love Like the Falling Petals and hosting Los Angeles events with author Keisuke Uyama.
On January 21, Uyama will make his debut US appearance to meet fans and sign books at Kinokuniya’s Los Angeles (Little Tokyo) and Santa Anita (Arcadia) retail locations. Tickets are required for the event. Tickets are available for customers who purchase a book at Kinokuniya. More information can be found here.