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  • Writer's pictureT.J. Hendrix

All I Want for Christmas is 'Shuna's Journey'

"Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Shuna’s Journey" finally Translated Into English. First published in Japan in 1983, this picture book from the fabled animator is eerie, enchanting and surpassingly strange." - New York Times.

This looks like a wonderful book! It's going on my Jolabokaflod wish list. Miyazaki is a big favorite in our house.

I spent a summer in Japan in 1979 as a Rotary Exchange Student in a little town called Kamo, in the mountains outside Niigata, a port city on the north east side of Honshu (the "main" and largest island of Japan) on the Sea of Japan (between Japan and China).

It was wonderful and amazing and the first time I'd ever been completely out of my culture and immersed in another.

Then in the 1990s and 2000s, when my daughters were little, and then teens, they fell in love with Miyazaki's animated movies. (He is a legendary Japanese storyteller, anime artist, animator, author and Oscar-winning screenwriter and film producer.)

My daughters' favorite Miyazaki films: "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Princess Mononoke." Both of them take me right back to Kamo and the Japanese students and friends I spent that summer with.

If you haven't seen those two films yet, watch them! (Amazon Prime has a bunch of Miyazaki movies.) In the meantime this looks like a great book for Miyazaki fans of any age.


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