‘Soseki villa’ that inspired Miyazaki now on the map

September 27, 2013

By NAO HIDAKA/ Staff Writer

TAMANA, Kumamoto Prefecture--A quaint Japanese-style home has led to the inevitable collaboration of sorts between one of Japan’s most renowned Meiji Era (1868-1912) novelists and the world’s most acclaimed animation filmmaker.

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The outbuilding at the Maeda family villa in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture, is said to be where famed Meiji Era author Natsume Soseki’s representative work “Kusamakura” (The Three-Cornered World) was set. Anime film director Hayao Miyazaki also visited the site. (Nao Hidaka)

The outbuilding at the Maeda family villa in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture, is said to be where famed Meiji Era author Natsume Soseki’s representative work “Kusamakura” (The Three-Cornered World) was set. Anime film director Hayao Miyazaki also visited the site. (Nao Hidaka)

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  • The outbuilding at the Maeda family villa in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture, is said to be where famed Meiji Era author Natsume Soseki’s representative work “Kusamakura” (The Three-Cornered World) was set. Anime film director Hayao Miyazaki also visited the site. (Nao Hidaka)
  • The outbuilding and garden at the Maeda family villa in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture (Nao Hidaka)

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