Kenji Miyazawa’s A Night on the Galactic Railway An Illustrated Book with Music for the iPad

A Night on the Galactic Railway

Announcing the release of an English translation of Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru—an Illustrated Book with Music, which is recommended on the Japanese App Store as an educational application.
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This is an illustrated musical version of Ginga Testsudo no Yoru. The original short story was 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 along a journey into the beautiful, profound world of the Galactic Railway


On the night during a 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.


Kenji MIYAZAWA (27/8/1896~21/9/1933)
Japanese poet and children’s author. Writer of many stories portraying beautiful, dream-like worlds. One of the most read and well-liked Japanese writers in the world. →wikipedia

Translator: Roger PRIOR
Born in Bradford, England. Graduated from the Japanese Studies Department in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. Lecturer at the University of Kitakyushu.

Music: Moskitoo
Performs on many instruments, including the guitar, glockenspiel, organ, drum machine, huqin (Chinese fiddle), and toy instruments, as well as composing original scores using electronic music, sampling, and even her own vocals. Released an album under the New York “12k” label.

Production, Artwork: Takeshi SAINEN
Owner of L’air de sainen studio. Designer and painter, particularly of stars, with a strong interest in astronomy, physics, minerals, and plants. Has been offering PR design support to Shiseido and Chanel over the last decade.

Application program: Tom

Application Info

Sale expected date: Sept. 2011

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