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July 2011 Flavor of the Month:

Now you can listen to Japanese Fairy Tales in English for free below! And you can Download for free!

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Night on the Galactic Railroad
by Kenji Miyazawa



The Animation film Night on the Galactic Railroad was made by anime studio Group Tac, Tokyo. Portrait of Giovanni welcomes visitors at Group Tac, photo by Chizuko Jaggard 2006.

『銀河鉄道の夜』宮沢賢治著
Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazaki, 1896-1933

劇場版アニメーション映画『銀河鉄道の夜』の主人公ジョバンニは、可愛くて一度見たら忘れられないキャラクターです。私は2006年春、京都の精華大学で、この映画の監督をされた杉井ギサブロー教授のアニメ概論を聴講させていただきました。翌日私は東京に赴き同映画の製作会社グループ・タックを訪れました。正面玄関で私を迎えてくれたのは、ジョバンニでした。[写真] その時の幼友達に会ったような心の高揚を、私は今でもはっきりと覚えています。

今月は、宮沢賢治の『銀河鉄道の夜』をたっぷりお楽しみ下さい。そして、同作品のアニメ版やステージ版を入手してご鑑賞ください。千津子

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Japanese Fairy Tales
translated and complied by Yei Theodora Ozaki

First published in 1908, this is a book of "beautiful legends and fairy tales of Japan" that were collected, translated and retold by the author, Yei Theodora Ozaki, who states: "...in telling them I have also found that they were still unknown to the vast majority, and this has encouraged me to write them for the children of the West." In part, the project was the result of a suggestion made by her friend Andrew Lang, another collector of fairy stories, who printed his stories in the many Colored Fairy Books.
(Summary by not.a.moose).

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