|@@Set in 1950s Tokyo, Japanese postwar society is seen through a boyfs
viewpoint in Tokyo no Santa Kurôsu, a kind of picaresque novel using the method of popular fiction.|
@@The story begins in Christmas Eve. Christmas cakes and Christmas cards are delivered to poor families in Tokyo. The beautiful cards carried the signature of gTokyo Santa.h Meanwhile, a company president drinking at an entertainment district has his pocket picked. A Christmas card is left in his pocket which reads: gChrist tells us to save the poor. You are behaving quite contrary. I accept your \57,000 with thanks. Tokyo Lupin.h Cases of pickpocketing have already reached twenty. A reporter for the Toto Newspaper Toku-san begins to track down Tokyo Lupin. He goes to Osaka and even to Kyushu. Presently, Toku-san realizes that Tokyo Lupin is actually a boy. Tokyo Lupin is an orphan living in the area where poor laborers lived. He became a pickpocket in order to relieve the poor. He only picks rich peoplefs pockets. Tokyo Lupin is also Tokyo Santa. Toku-san makes an approach to the boy and together they discuss what they should do to relieve the poverty of Japan. A kind of friendship springs up between them.
@@Sunada Hiroshi (1934- ) was fond of reading Maurice Leblancfs Arsene Lupin and Edogawa Rampofs Kaijin Nijû Mensô [A Mysterious Man with Twenty Faces] in his childhood. He wrote Tokyo no Santa Kurôsu based on these mysterious stories. The pickpocket boy Lupin is wrong and righteous at the same time. The story represents the conflicting Japanese postwar society where the righteous should take form of the wrong.
@@In 1970 Sunada wrote a story titled Saraba Haiwei [Farewell to Highways], another picaresque novel whose protagonist is also both wrong and righteous.
@@Illustrations by Fukuda Shôsuke emphasize and support the realistic taste of the story.