Urashima Taro

Urashima Taro

UNA STORIA GIAPPONESE

author Davide Longaretti, Mayuko Tazumi 

illustrations of Davide Longaretti, Mayuko Tazumi 

 

 

  

collection: album
 

theme: big questions, stories of the visionary and the absurd 

 

July 2009 

for children 6 years, pages 24, cm. 30,6x19 

isbn 978-88-89025-80-2,  

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A fisherman -Urashima Taro- rescues a turtle from the harassments of a group of children. As a reward, queen Otohime invites him into her underwater kingdom. Among all kinds of wonders, Taro spends very happy days there. But he feels increasingly homesick, and decides to go back home. As a souvenir, the queen gives him a precious box that he, though, is not allowed to ever open. Once he gets back, Taro finds out that everything has changed. His village is now a city, there is a factory right where his house was, the streets are full of cars and trucks, the air has become unbreathable. Sad and despondent, he goes to the beach, remembers of the precious box, and opens it. A cloud of white smoke wraps him in. And all of a sudden Taro becomes old… An ancient Japanese tale, somewhere between fable and myth, is updated with a contemporary twist and transformed into a modern parable on the relationship between people and nature. The brightness of the colours and the clarity of the images hint at the ancient roots of the story; while the techniques used to make them - Plasticine and computer imaging - proves that sometimes, even technology can get on well with the environment.