You walk into a quaint Japanese dessert shop alone. A woman ushers you to a table for two. You sit with your back facing the entrance, unwilling to be reminded of the outside world. Of reality. Today, you want to enjoy a matcha parfait.

A matcha parfait is deceptively simple. One part soft-serve ice cream, a spoon of sweet adzuki beans, bite-sized cubes of agar jelly and mochi, topped with homemade whipped cream. Or perhaps the matcha parfait of your dreams has blueberries and strawberries. Or a layer of creamy matcha mousse. Or pieces of perfectly moist sponge cake. Simple, elegant, and yet, complex at its core. The perfect dessert to eat and explore each corner, quietly contemplating the hidden meanings within both the dessert and yourself.

There may be a darkness that you are scared of. A world inside that you both hope and fear to discover. A secret you are afraid to unearth, hidden beneath the spoonfuls of adzuki beans. What lies beneath?

This capsule comes with 3 fiction books that are written by Japanese authors, one of which is published by Unnamed Press, a small, independent literary publisher in Los Angeles.

Disclaimer: These books may contain content that is not intended for younger readers, such as sexual content, violence, or bad language.

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