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Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori (The Forest of Wool and Steel) by Natsu Miyashita, #31 review

Publication date : September 2014

What he experienced that day wasn’t life-changing . . . It was life-making.

Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more.

Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners – one humble, one cheery, one ill-tempered – Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?

Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling – and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one’s purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation.

Thank you so much to @times.reads for sending me a copy of this book. This book is translated from Japanese into English.

The title of the book is a reference to the piano. The Forest refers to the black and white piano keys, Wool is the felt covering the piano tunning hammers and Steel is in the form of the piano strings. This book is an Autumn Book, it gives off such an Autumn vibe throughout the book. The book tells the story of a piano tuner, Tomura, who is finding his sound of tunning. The description of piano tuning and music is very detailed. This story will be loved by all music lovers, the words describing music notes paints such vivid images in my mind. It opened up a world of color in music for me.

“And here was another thing: ‘Beautiful’, like ‘right’, was a totally new word for me. Until I’d found the piano I’d never been aware of things that you might call beautiful, which is a little different, of course, from not knowing they existed”

🌲🐑🎹



Tomura started off as a student who was mesmerized by a piano tuner tuning a piano in his school. Since then, he fell in love with the notes the piano made and wished to tune pianos for pianists to play. He lived in the mountains, thus he set out to a town to learn to be a piano tuner. After graduating, he worked in a piano company where the piano tuner he met as a student also worked.

There, his journey of finding his tuning sound finally took off.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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