8 Questions with Kikuko Tsumura

Kikuko Tsumura is an author based in Osaka, Japan. There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job is her first novel to be translated into English.


Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish that I’d been more physically gifted. I’d like to do downhill mountain bike races or parkour.


What is your most treasured possession?

An HD recorder containing the video of my absolute favourite road cycle race.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Recently, while walking around town, I came across an interesting-looking street I’d not known about before, and felt really glad to be alive.


What is your motto?

Not to tell lies in my writing, however good those lies might make people feel.


How would you like to die?

I’d like to gradually fade out and disappear.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I’d want to come back as someone physically gifted so I can do lots of sports. I’d also like to be a mountain goat, who loves high places and can make their way around precarious slopes.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being beautiful and saving money.


What is your current state of mind?

I want to go to the nice street I discovered recently and eat soba noodles at a standing stall there.