Furui Yoshikichi deals with the human dramas of growing up and growing old, but by probing further into the recesses of the mind and memory, he touches upon the deepest mysteries of human existence As if to balance the somber themes of madness and death, Furui also shows a great sensitivity to the dark humor inherent in everyday life Yoko is the story of a sensitive young man s relationship with a beautiful young woman beset by an unidentified mental illness linked to the traumatic transition from carefree child to responsible adult Her vivid but distorted perceptions of the world highlight the process by which reality and identity are created and provide the centerpiece for a touching, if somewhat unusual, tale of a young couple s deepening love Yoko won the Akutagawa Prize in Furui explores a range of human experiences on the borderline between life and death, the present and the past Here, in particular, we find a surprisingly vital legacy of the literature and culture of premodern Japan coexisting with modern concrete and commuter trains Yoshikichi Furui studied kafka, Robert Musil and Hermann Broch he is one of japanese literary group introverted generation.he s called japanese beckett he translated Robert Musil and Hermann Broch yoko is about a man falling in love with woman who has mental illness it s close to beckett s first love set in japan, mountain first secne , city, park, house very dark.