Learning to Read Japanese: Japanese Literature
ぎんが てつどう の よる
Night Train to the Stars
This book is for the people/students who want to learn to read Japanese. All of the sentences are written in Hiragana so that you can understand it without having to know any of the Chinese characters; in my series you can read famous Japanese literature and modern essays about Japanese culture. You can learn to read Japanese and learn about Japanese culture at once.
Tired after a hard day's work, Giovanni lies down on top of a hill. He hears a strange sound, and finds himself in the path of a train. Luckily, the train stops and allows him and Campanella to board. Noticing that Campanella is all wet Giovanni asks what happened, and Campanella says he's not sure but a flashback showing him drowning suggests otherwise. The train travels through the Northern Cross and other stars in the Milky Way. Along the way, the two see fantastic sights and meet various people: including scholars excavating a fossil from white sands of crystal and a man who catches herons to make candies from them.
Children who were on a ship that crashed into an iceberg (possibly Titanic) get on the train at Aquila, suggesting that the train is transporting its passengers to the afterlife. The train arrives at the Southern Cross and all the other passengers get off the train, leaving only Giovanni and Campanella in the train. Giovanni promises Campanella they will go on together, forever, but as the train approaches the Coalsack, Campanella disappears, leaving Giovanni behind.
I ぎんが ステーション(Milky Way Station)
II そうなん した こどもたち(Shipwrecked Children)
III あまのがわ(The Milky Way)