GAUCHE THE CELLIST; SNOW CROSSING; THE STORY OF THE ZASHIKI BOKKO and Three Poems; THE RESTAURANT OF MANY ORDERS (4 vols. with four CDs and read-along booklet in English and Japanese), by Kenji Miyazawa, translated by Roger Pulvers, illustrated by Osamu Tsukasa. Tokyo: Labo Teaching Information Center, 1998; books 2,100 yen, 2,100 yen, 2,000 yen, 2,000 yen respectively, 4-CD set 8,600 yen.

Kenji Miyazawa, the centenary of whose birth was celebrated just three years ago, needs no introducing to Japanese readers. Most Japanese could recite or at least recognize lines from his best-known poems, including the modern inspirational classic “Ame ni mo makezu,” (here translated as “Strong in the Rain”), and many have been familiar with his fables, satires and fairy tales since childhood.

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