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Sexuality, literature and social movements in Japan from the early 20th century until today, converge in this ground-breaking anthology. This collection features an historical perspective on lesbian literature and activism in Japan as well as erotic poetry, a movie screenplay, science fiction with a queer twist, classic love stories, humor and more. As a whole, Sparkling Rain will not only delight the adventurous reader with its fiction, but give an overview of lesbian life in Japan. The title piece, which comes from award-winning author Nakayama Kaho, portrays two women growing old together in a moving tribute to love that transcends both space and time.