『理科準備室のヴィーナス』（Rika junbishitsu no binasu）
|キーワード||憧憬 教師 学校|
The Venus of the Science Lab
Hitomi Yuuki is in the first year at junior high. She lives with her mother, and she hardly ever sees her father since her parents divorced. She feels alienated at school. After she is tripped up in the classroom and falls, she goes to the sickroom for first aid treatment and has a conversation with the science teacher Ms. Hitomi, who happens to be there at the time. She develops a crush on the young teacher, whose surname Hitomi sounds like her own first name. Ms. Hitomi often spends time when she doesn’t have classes in the #2 Science Lab, and her face resembles Botticelli’s Venus. She is thirty-one, considerably older than student Hitomi, and is a single mother with a young child. She openly flouts school rules, eating sweets in front of her pupils, and to Hitomi she is the most beautiful, kindest, and also the most dangerous person she has ever known.
One day, Hitomi notices another boy, Masaki, staring at Ms. Hitomi. Masaki and Hitomi start spending all their time in #2 Science Lab, and both desire the teacher in slightly different ways. Nevertheless, both of them feel that she is a special, unique, and irreplaceable person in their lives. The three-way relationship between the two pupils, boy and girl, and their teacher maintains a delicate and complex balance. In the end it breaks down, but by then Hitomi has begun to think of Masaki, who is eccentric and tends to take chances, as a kindred spirit. “He was necessary in order to get close to something out of reach,” she thought.
Nothing dramatic happens in this book, but it wonderfully portrays the fluctuating emotions of children in early adolescence being consumed by longing. (Sakuma)
- Text: Tomori, Shiruko
- 206 pages
- ISBN 978-4-06-220634-1
- Ages 12 +
Aspirations, Teachers, School