COVER TEXT

@@Kyûpora no Aru Machi is a full-length novel by Hayafune Chiyo (1914-) about the family of a craftsman who worked at a foundry in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
@@Jun is in her third year of junior high school. She is industrious and has good grades. She wants to go to high school, but her parents think that they cannot afford it. Although her mother is working part-time, her father has turned to alcohol as he cannot adjust to mechanization. Moreover, Junfs aunt is living with them in their small house, waiting for her detained husband in South Korea to come home. Junfs younger brother Takayuki gets in trouble with bad boys in the neighborhood. Jun tackles with her problems positively and takes pains to stop Takayukifs misconduct. In the process, she learns about labor unions and the unemployment office, and listens to the feelings of a Korean resident in Japan about the founding of their country. She also witnesses her aunt giving birth to a child and is bewildered at the onset of her first menstruation. Finally, in order to become independent she decides to work at a factory as a live-in worker, and study at a part-time high school.
@@The strongest point of Kyûpora no Aru Machi is its vivid and minute description of the life of a poor workmanfs family and the image of a small factory on its way to modernization. At the same time, the sexual experiences of a teenage girl such as her first menstruation, which had been ignored so far in literature, was taken seriously. A new image of a positive girl was created successfully, which had a great influence on childrenfs literature. It was also pointed out that the work reflected the fact that such a girl really came to exist as a result of postwar democracy.
@@Kyûpora no Aru Machi was first serialized in the magazine Haha to Ko [Mother and Child], whose readers had been mothers at first, but also children. In 1961, it was published in book form for the general reader. In 1962, it was made into a movie by Urayama Kirio, with Yoshinaga Sayuri as the leading actress, which received many awards.
@@Kyûpora no Aru Machi received Japanese Association of Writers for Childrenf Prize in 1962. While some reviewers considered it as not a story for children, others claimed that it expanded the world of childrenfs literature. In 1963, it was widely revised and published by Rironsha. A Kodansha Pocket Book edition was published in 1977. It was also adapted into a play and a television drama.