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Milky Way Railway, playlists, windships

Milky Way Railway
Miyazawa Kenji, who wrote the mysterious and beautiful story Gingatetsudo no yoru (銀河鉄道の夜; translated by Sarah Strong as Night of the Milky Way Railway), lived in Iwate Prefecture, which the ninja girl visited this past New Years. She sent us candies in this commemorative tin:


stoking the boiler

You can see that after Ginga (Milky Way) station comes Minami Juji (The Southern Cross)

I've been very much enjoying the six Ancillary Justice playlists ann_leckie posted about in a recent LJ entry. They're all fan made and quite various in feel. They're at 8tracks.com.

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In this entry, blairmacg interviews Brad Beaulieu about the worldbuilding in his novel The Winds of Khalakovo, one of the novels in the StoryBundle I mentioned a couple of entries back. One of the things his world includes is windships:

Image from the cover of his book
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It got me thinking of how appealing the idea of windships is, the idea of sailing in the sky. Terri-Lynne DeFino had windships in Beyond the Gate that were quite magnificent:

you can get a bit of a sense of them from this cover image

The windships in Beyond the Gate are kept aloft by the magic of the Pilfer, which pulls elements from the surrounding air in and turns them into a levitating mist (though there's more to it than that, as the characters learn).

I haven't yet read The Winds of Khalakovo, but from the interview, it sounds like the mechanism of those windships are equally interesting--and very different.


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Terri-Lynne DeFino
Jan. 25th, 2015 04:24 am (UTC)
I have The Winds of Kalkovo. Got it in the book bag from WFC San Diego. My husband loved it. I love the cover. :) Haven't read it yet, but we did get it signed. <3
Jan. 25th, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC)
It looks like it will be interesting--I haven't read it yet, either.
Jan. 25th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
I read that interview! Very interesting on the world-building front.
Jan. 25th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, interesting how much of the world he created ahead of time, and how things spring from geography.
Jan. 25th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
Can you see the Southern Cross from anywhere in Japan?
Jan. 25th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
I don't believe so, since it's a Southern Hemisphere constellation. It makes its inclusion in the story odd. I think Kenji did it for religious significance.
Jan. 26th, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
The artist, Roger Dean, also works these themes:

Jan. 26th, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh how gorgeous! I'll have to check out more of his stuff.
Jan. 26th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
He's one of the artists of my youth as he designed album sleeves for groups I loved like Yes and Osibisa and Budgie.

Jan. 30th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, **beautiful**
Jan. 27th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome chocolates. Also, *ggggg*

(When I stopped, I was about two-thirds through Ginga tetsudo no yoru in Japanese. Need to build back up to finishing it -- am poking at some of Niimi Nankichi's fairy tales now.)

Jan. 31st, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know Niimi Nankichi! How are those fairy tales?
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC)
Weird in a Japanese way. He doesn't quite write like Sôseki's "Ten Nights of Dreams" for children, as that would be a lot grimmer than these light things, but they're both working out of the same tradition. The traditional comparison to Miyazawa Kenji are apt.

I have the picture book of "Tebukoro o kaite ni" in both Japanese and English -- beautiful and very strange. The protagonist buying mittens in the nearby town is a kitsune kit, who needs them because the snow hurts his paws.

ETA: Heh -- his grave monument is based on that story.


Edited at 2015-02-02 02:56 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
The mitten story sounds very sweet--and having seen cats and dogs shaking their paws, I can believe it (though I guess foxes must be better adapted).

I like the folktale about the old man who provides hats for all the jizo statues.

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