In this collection of five tales, one feels the weight of the setting, which is primarily Tokyo, and the honesty of the characters' actions, no matter how bizarre. In the title story, the unfortunate Ito-san, whose passions are finally awakened by a young coworker, realizes a tragic (and modern) ending to his extramarital affair. Other tales in the collection sink deeper into a sordid atmosphere but are no less gripping for that.