In January, we bring you a story by Shugoro Yamamoto called "The Straw Hat." Yamamoto made his name in the field of popular literature and was one of Japan’s most prominent novelists. "The Straw Hat" was first published as a magazine serial in 1934. It was written around the time that Yamamoto shifted away from historical fiction and began focusing on modern literature. Moving and eloquent, it explores the emotional complexities of the human heart. The tale is set in a seaside village and depicts an old man who reflects on precious memories associated with his straw hat.