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For people who wish to be left alone and to go about their business without friends and family giving advice or commenting unasked for, the big city can be the perfect place to hide. Also for the loner it can be a veritable paradise because like any virgin forest at the back of beyond the metropolis offers solitude and anonymity, but without the need to renounce the amenities of modern existence or the option to socialise at any time. It’s the undisturbed life among strangers and casual acquaintances that both protagonists of The Lake by Yoshimoto Banana appreciate most in Tōkyo. The drifter who paints murals for her living and the graduate student focused on his studies of biotechnology only meet because they live in apartments with windows facing each other. Almost imperceptibly their nodding acquaintance changes into love stronger than the ghosts of the past that so far kept them from getting truly involved with another person.