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Friday, June 4, 2004

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Win erotic Kyoto novel by Moon

The Japan Times is giving away three copies of a historical novel recently completed by a former contributor to the newspaper.

"A Thousand Years of Love," a 176-page novel penned by Avia Belle Moon, is set in the ancient capital of Kyoto and the Chinese city of Hangzhou during the Heian Period (794-1185).

Lady Kaishi, a noblewoman of the Heian Court, is trying to find her mother's grave. Her travels take her from Kyoto to the Temple of the Purple Clouds on the shores of the West Lake in China. Along the way, her journey becomes one of inner exploration as well.

The author says the book is not only a description of luxury and life in the Heian Period, but also an exploration of the dramatic conflict between the masculine and feminine.

Those interested should send a postcard to: Gakugei-bu (Love-kakari), The Japan Times, 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8071. The deadline is June 10. Senders must include name and address.

The author will hold a book-signing session 3-4 p.m. on June 5 at Avanti Book Center [(075) 682-5031] in Kyoto. The book, priced at $18.99, is available at Kinokuniya's Minami Shinjuku Store in Tokyo and its Umeda Store in Osaka. It will also be available until July 1 at Avanti Book Center and Maruzen Books in Kawaramachi, Kyoto.

To buy online, go to www.trafford.com/robots/03-1713.html or www.amazon.com

Avia Belle Moon has lived in Japan for 10 years. She studied art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Kanazawa College of Art.


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