This is a gentle and very moving account of one man's road trip around the friends from his past. The objective of his journey is to find someone to look after his cat. Gradually tiny layers are peeled away as we learn about him through these meetings and flashbacks into his past where the friendships began. Added to this the voice of his cat is mixed into the narrative, and if you are not a cat lover, don't let this put you off. The device is not cute but another way of quietly revealing what lies beneath the surface of this man's life. It is utterly beautiful. The author prefers to show rather than tell, allowing the reader to construct the jigsaw puzzle-like nature of the narrative. It being a road trip, the landscape and places of Japan play a very important part in the proceedings. The descriptions are vivid. The book is sad but life affirming, and often very funny. It slowly got under my skin and entered my heart.