Before the Lies Are Revealed

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

ISBN978-4-7631-3607-7 C0093

303 pages / March 2017 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

This is the highly anticipated follow-up to Before the Coffee Gets Cold, which sold over 500,000 copies and was nominated for a Japan Booksellers’ Award.


Four white lies used to protect loved ones.


You can only stay in the past while the coffee is hot.


Four men who come to a mysterious coffee shop called Funiculi Funicula would do anything to return to the past, and they have requests that are difficult to voice.


This long-awaited new story, which takes place 7 years after the top-selling Before the Coffee Gets Cold, is finally here!


An urban legend is circulating about a certain seat in a certain towns coffee shop. If you sit in that particular seat, rumor has it you will be transported back to the time of your choice. But there are some very troublesome rules involved:


1. Even in the past, you cant meet anyone who has never visited the coffee shop.

2. No matter what you do in the past, you cant change the present.

3. A customer will be sitting in your seat when you arrive at the shop. You have to wait until theyve left to sit down.

4. You cant leave to go anywhere else.

5. Your time in the past starts when your coffee has been poured and ends once the coffee has gone cold.


Those arent the only rules, but even today people are still coming to the coffee shop after hearing the rumors. The coffee shop is called Funiculi Funicula. Would you still want to travel to the past under these conditions? This book tells the story of four heart-warming miracles that took place in this coffee shop.


Story 1: A man goes back to visit a friend who died 22 years ago.

Story 2: A son who couldnt attend his mothers funeral.

Story 3: A man goes back to visit the one to whom he couldnt get married.

Story 4: An old detective goes back to give a present to his wife.


If you could go back, who would you see?

From the editor "Ruriko"



The follow-up to Before the Coffee Gets Cold has finally arrived.

I cried just as much while working on this book as I did while working on the first one.  I especially liked the second story.

Let us know which one you like the best!



Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He used to produce, direct and write for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his most representative works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and family time. His debut book, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, was based on a 1110 Productions play of the same name which won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize. The book was also nominated for a 2017 Japan Booksellers Award.