A Green Turtle & A Boy – Kazuo Oga Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 12th, 2013

A Green Turtle & A Boy (Umigame To Shonen) is a picture book/short novel illustrated by famed Ghibli background artist Kazuo Oga ( read more about his amazing 2007 background art exhibition ) and written by Japanese novelist Akiyuki Nosaka.

Many of Nosaka-san’s novels have been adapted into successful films, including The Pornographers, directed by Imamura Shohei, and The Grave Of The Fireflies, the sombre Ghibli film directed by Takahata Isao.



The story is set in Okinawa during WWII, and tells the tale of a young boy orphaned by the war and his encounters with a sea turtle during those tumultuous times.





An english translation (by Hayakawa Atsuko) of the short novel is also included in book.




I’m a big fan of Kazuo Oga’s work and had to pick this up once I saw it in a bookstore on my recent Tokyo trip. There is a gentleness to his soft watercolors that I really love.

“A Green Turtle & A Boy – Kazuo Oga” picture book/short novel details :

- Dimensions – 8.8 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
- Hardcover, 80 pages
- Full color, in Japanese/English

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One Response to “A Green Turtle & A Boy – Kazuo Oga Art Book Review”

Katie J

Oh, not this book. It is beautiful, absolutely beautiful, but I couldn’t stop crying for like 20 minutes.

I never realized that The Pornographers was the adaption of a novel. It’s a great movie.

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