And girls’ manga, “Asari-chan”, I’d love to introduce. It’s a manga for little girls. There are so many manga for little elementary school girls, but among them, “Asari-chan” was the best of all. The manga “Asari-chan” is also on Guiness record as the largest number of volumes of publised comic books written by 2 female authors. “Asari-chan” had apperared on a girls’ manga comic magazine for 36 years. I found the manga of “Asari-chan” the other day at a book store, and deep nostalgia hit me, so I bought the book. I still remember a story of “Asari-chan” based on a parody of “The Red Shoes” of Andersen. I read it when waiting for my turn at a piano teacher’s house. Children are way much more sensitive than grown-ups in a sense, so they do know what is really interesting, I believe
Long ago, I went to a library every single day and read all the volumes of “Black Jack” of Osamu Tezuka. Black Jack is a surgeon who doesn’t have a license as a doctor. But his philosophy was so deep and touching. And the gentleness he shows is something hard to understand at once. But oh boy, he’s such a cool guy. In elementary school, I borrowed manga of “Buddah” at school, they were really interesting too. Osamu Tezuka is a guy who contributed immensely to our manga culture, many of his works are at almost all the public libraries in Japan.