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The Restaurant of Many Orders
Intersect Japanese Old and Modern at the House
Date:01, Jul, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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A late Japanese poet and writer; Miyazawa Kenji released his only collection of children’s stories in 1924. It simply tells how Japanese minds had gone thru changes from days of origin to modernized time.


The Restaurant of Many Orders
Woodcut Picture Book
We cannot live our lives without money. Now, how much money can ensure our whole lifetimes? In other words, how much should we throw ourselves away for?

Miyazawa Kenji has written and released his children stories collection; The Restaurant of Many Orders in 1924, and the title tale makes us think about that.

With their white dogs, the two anglicized Japanese guys go to mountain for hunting. The dogs get dizzy and dead soon though they consider death of their dogs just as some pecuniary loss. They are hungry and wander without a guide. After a while, the two anglicized find a big western-style building and its signboard that says Restaurant Wildcat House. On the blue door, written is They get into the house and ………


The Restaurant of Many Orders
Pocket Edition
The tale goes as above. Modernization and the principles of capitalism must endorse their actions. Miyazawa Kenji had never forgot his ironic viewpoint and concluded the case. It looks just like Japanese time-honored legends of specters. We feel value of awing nature from the restaurant story.

Dogs are aptly a kind of economic animals. We mankind are the same as them in a sense since we are also a part of our economic system, too. With the two guys, the story shows a scar of our modernized mind. How much need we have paid in return for it?

It is easy to read because The Restaurant of Many Orders is a collection of children stories. You can enjoy other tales in the book, needless to say.


about The Restaurant of Many Orders

・Written by Miyazawa Kenji
・Published by Tokyo Kohgen-sha and Toryou Shuppan-bu (1924)
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