Day: May 30, 2020

Book review: 『霧のむこうのふしぎな町』by Sachiko Kashiwaba

Introduction Title: 『霧のむこうのふしぎな町』 (きりのむこうのふしぎなまち)Author: Sachiko Kashiwaba (柏葉幸子)Illustrations: Hiromi Sugita 杉田比呂美Published by 講談社 in the collection 青い鳥文庫.210 pages Aoitori is a collection of books for children. This book has complete furigana and targets primary school readers: 小学中級から. A lot of kanji words are written in hiragana only, the font is rather big, and there is a lot of space between the lines. 『霧のむこうのふしぎな町』 inspired Hayao Miyazaki who wanted to make a film adaptation of the novel. This project was dropped, but the novel influenced another story: Spirited Away. Review I decided to read 『霧のむこうのふしぎな町』 mainly to read something easy in Japanese, but the story was great. The book builds its own world and leaves a strong impression on the reader. In the story, Rina is sent by her father to spend the Summer holidays with someone he knows in a place called 霧の谷. Rina arrives in a strange village, where she will have to find her place, work and make friends. I really loved the atmosphere and the setting of the novel. The characters are interesting, …