Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa

a Music Picture-book

This is an illustrated musical version of a Night on the Galactic Railroad, a story written by one of Japan’s leading children’s authors, KENJI MIYAZAWA.

In this application, dream-like illustrations and the translucent sound of toytronica music take the reader on a journey into the beautiful, profound world of the Galactic Railroad (272 pages).
Curtains have risen for a picture book that feels like a little movie.

Kenji MIYAZAWA:
A Japanese poet and writer, Kenji Miyazawa is known for the beautiful, dream-like fantasy worlds he creates in his works. He wrote a number of novels including the children's classic, Night on the Galactic Railroad. Although a prolific writer, Miyazawa remained largely unknown during his lifetime. His works began to enjoy widespread success and critical acclaim after his death, and are today considered some of the cornerstones of modern Japanese literature. 
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Translator: Roger PRIOR
Roger Prior was born in Bradford, England. He is a graduate of the Japanese Studies Department in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield.Lecturer at the University of Kitakyushu. Link

Music : Moskitoo →Link


Artwork : Takeshi SAINEN →Link






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-Story-
On the night of a local festival, two boys take a ride on a mysterious train that travels across the galaxy. The train heads towards the constellation of the Southern Cross, going south along the Milky Way. This is the tale of their night journey through a beautiful yet imperfect fantasy land and the people they meet on the way, a priest, a hunter, a brave youth, and a young brother and sister.