His father thinks he’s a failure, his students think he’s eccentric yet magnificent, and the impoverished farmers of his town think he’s an insufferably idealistic spoiled rich boy. Before renowned Showa-era poet and author Kenji Miyazawa became famous, he lived in a small town, struggling with personal philosophies that no one around him understands, and writing novels without resorting to selling out.
The day Kenji Miyazawa died in 1933 he was far from famous; though some his literary works earned him at least some recognition, it was only after he passed away that his stories started to enthuse many Japanese children and adults alike. Spring and Chaos is a pretty compressed and loose biography of Miyazawa's life, celebrating the anniversary of the author's 100th birthday. Though you more or less understand... read more