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The Circus Comes to the Village

Written & illustrated by Yutaka Kobayashi
Published by Museyon Guides
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When fall arrives, the circus comes to Paghman village, one of the few pleasures for the villagers. Yamo and his friend Mirado are very excited. Yamo misses his brother, who has gone off to war. Mirado’s father is also away at war. At the circus, the boys browse the vendors, ride the swings and enjoy the shows. Mirado plays his father’s flute with the circus band and his music moves the people’s hearts. When the circus moves on the next day, Mirado leaves with it. As the villagers prepare for the severe winter ahead, Yamo thinks about his friend Mirado and wonders how he is doing. Finally, snow falls. The villagers are happy, since the snow leads to the next year’s harvest. Kobayashi’s illustrations portray the beautiful village life that fall. Then, on the final page we are stunned to learn: “This winter, my village was destroyed by the war, and people escaped to other villages.” But the reader is ultimately left with hope, as the springtime announces the villagers’ return.

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Yutaka Kobayashi

Yutaka Kobayashi is a Nihonga artist and picture book author. In 1983, he received a Spe- cial Excellence Award in the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition. He was a fre- quent visitor to the Islamic countries of Asia and the Middle East from the 1970s to the early 1980s, and the main themes of his works re ect those visits.

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