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Natsumaru Abe

Natsumaru Abe 阿部夏丸

Natsumaru Abe (1960–)  was born in Aichi Prefecture. After graduating from Nagoya University of Arts, he worked as a kindergarten art teacher and as a bookstore manager. He received the 1995 Tsubota Jōji Literature Award and the 1996 Muku Hatojū Children’s Literature Prize for Nakenai sakana-tachi (Fish Can’t Cry). Among the numerous children’s stories he has written since then are Oguri no ko (Oguri’s Foal), which was made into an NHK television drama, and Otamajakushi no undōkai (The Tadpoles’ Field Day), which won the Hirosuke Children’s Book Award. Known in particular for stories that engage children with rivers, he is favored for the clear perspectives he offers on nature, and for writing about living things and their conditions in a strong and lively prose style. He also conducts “river play” workshops and gives frequent lectures as part of an effort to connect people more with the rivers in their environment. He is particularly fond of the Yahagi River where he grew up, and is director of TRY-a, a virtual aquarium associated with the river in Toyota.

Books by Natsumaru Abe
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    Daisuke Lie-suke

    The story follows events in the lives of three boys and a girl during the summer of their final year in grade school in Toyota, near where the Yashita River runs through the city. One day Kenta sees a classmate named Daisuke throwing bread crusts into th …

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    Fish Can’t Cry

    The title work of this three-story collection centers on the summertime activities of two boys who live along the Yahagi River in Aichi Prefecture in the 1970s. Satoru is a sixth-grader who enjoys fishing. Curious about a quiet transfer student named Kōs …

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    I Don’t Want to Become Like Dad

    The title work in this collection of eight stories portrays an adolescent boy and his father bonding in unexpected ways during a fishing trip. Gorō Yamamoto’s life is completely dominated by his work, and he has virtually no time for his family; he has …

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