How about more stories?

Three more from Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa, translated by John Bester.

To listen, click the “play” arrow at the bottom of the player below. The gray bars above the time code indicate different sections and stories. Click them to jump to any position in the audio. 


00:00 – Introduction
01:36 – The Red Blanket
18:43 – The Police Chief
28:47 – Gorsch the Cellist

There's a movie! Gauche the Cellist

You may know Studio Ghibli, the famous Japanese animation company founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. A few years before founding the studio, Takahata made a one-hour version of Miyazawa’s tale—much loved in Japan, rarely seen in the US.

I found a place to stream it!

Ohmagosh. It’s gorgeous. It’s painterly. It cares about music and character and story.

Music credits

Opening theme

Suki Kasih, by In This World

Red Blanket theme

Dojo Tradition, by In This World

Police Chief theme

Shrine, by In This World

Gorsch the Cellist theme

The Merry Master of a Coach, From the Studio Ghibli film, Gauche the Cellist


Siwa Oasis, by In This World