Uenohara (Taneyamagahara), the setting for the scene in the story where the children go to play and Kasuke faints in the mist, is right nearby. (While the name Taneyamagahara does not appear in the final version of Matasaburo the Wind Imp, this part of the story is modeled on a piece of writing that was titled "Taneyamagahara.") In the story, the main character Saburo Takada is transferred to the school because his father's work brought him there to look for molybdenum. Yukio Hayashi says that Kenji found molybdenum near Taneyamagahara. But in Kenji's day, unfortunately, there was no Kizaiku Elementary School.
Up in the sky, the clouds, shining a sinister gray, fled steadily to the north. The woods in the distance were roaring and pounding like a rough sea. Ichiro stood quite still, with the cold raindrops driving into his face and his kimono almost torn off him by the wind, listening and gazing up at the sky.
The old Kizaiku Elementary School where Matasaburo the Wind Imp was filmed.
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