The Beautiful One Has Come: Stories
"THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME poignantly shows the pains and the pleasures of living in a culture that is not your own. Kamata also illuminates the modern struggles of everyday people, showing us that perhaps foreigners are not the only ones searching for belonging in this traditional society." - Margaret Dilloway, author of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE
"Kamata provides a refreshing alternative, one that focuses on female protagonists, but which also looks at daily lives, both the mundane and the spectacular." - Melanie Ho, ASIAN REVIEW OF BOOKS
"With evocative grace, and the authority of real experience, Kamata takes us on a tour through a garden of lives which touch Japan. Each story wanders as delicately as a small stream, with jewel-like descriptions and plot points waiting to be discovered around every corner." - Rebecca Otowa, author of AT HOME IN JAPAN: A FOREIGN WIFE'S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Review in JQ Magazine
"Thereís an enjoyably uncomfortable tension contained within the pages of The Beautiful One Has Come and itís precisely that tension, paired with Kamataís ability to glide between narrative points of view, that makes this collection so strong. "
Review in Her Circle: A Magazine of Women's Creative Arts and Activism
"poignant and sometimes almost unbearably moving"
"Itís clear that Kamata deeply understands the questions her characters grapple with emotionally, as well as the intimate details of day-to-day life in Japan. "
Review in The Japan Times