I am a PhD student in Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison doing dissertation research on Miyazawa Kenji's children's stories. I would definitely be interested in communicating with others and their ideas regarding Kenji and his stories.
- I am interested in learning how different readers respond to his stories whether they read them in Japanese or in translation.
- I am also interested to learn whether people view the stories as stories for children or not and why.
- Also, what writers do people see as similar to Kenji? I often think of ALICE and her other world as being similar to many of Kenji's other worlds.
 E.O. (Wed, 1 Apr 1998)
Hi, this is Eiji again. Since my last appearance in this page, I have investigated into my library and now come up with an elaborated version.
Yes, Novalis (Friedrich Leopold Freiherr von Hardenberg) is a Kenji from many aspects. When you compare their lives, you bound to surprise to find how much they have in common. I will give a list of their similarity as follows (As I understand you must know Kenji well, I give only Novalis's features).
I am talking about Novalis, not Kenji! It's resembling isn't it? I don't know much about his works but as far as I learned from Heinrich von Ofterdingen, his inner world is so beautiful as Kenji's one.
- Novalis was the first son in a rich celebrated family in a local German state, Thueringen..
- His father was a religious man and wanted his elder son to have a practical job.
- He studied medicine and mineralogy as well as literature, especially poee the science and the art.
- He wrote many great poems and stories.
- He worked at a salt factory following father's advice.
- His sweetheart Sophie died young of illness and it accelerated him to make more religious poems.
- He spend most of his life in Thueringen.
- He died young of illness himself.
 E.O. (Wed, 21 Jan 1998)
May I skip the first question because it needs a lot of time. I may answer it later. To the second, I think Novalis of Germany has much in common as Kenji. Chastity, Stoicism, collection of rocks and minerals, fantasy writing, and above all, their discription is so gorgeous. I also agree your opinion that Alice's story is alike. It has been referred by many people. Especially, in Through the Looking Glass, there is a scene on a train and a conductor asked Alice for a ticket and she can't find it. It is said, Kenji read Alice and imitated it. I think so too. I do not have enough time now. I'll show up later.
 m.k. (Wed, 4 Jun 1997)
I think that miyazawa's tail (maybe "fiction") should be read as for adult.For his story includes the view for all lifes (not only mankind ) and he wanted to lead us where he imagined,I think,in his sentenses. I declere he wrote the tales as for adult(esp.the leaders in those days).