The novel was translated into English by Allison Markin Powell.
The author used the setting of a thrift shop selling second-hand things for her story. The owner is Mr Nakano and he has a sister Masayo. He engaged two employees Mr Takeo and Miss Hitomi for the shop. The lives of these four characters and others were intertwined in a story of common Japanese culture and way of lives. There were loves, friendships, and sadness, typical of life stories.