The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »
Noriko is a university student. By her mother's recommendation, Noriko begins attending a Japanese tea ceremony near her house with her cousin Michiko. There, Noriko learns from Teacher ... See full summary »
The pace is slow, and the target audience seems to be children, although it has an oddly adult flavour at times. The story contains no real surprises. Certainly, as a member of the audience, you'll wonder how the other characters take so long to work out that the lovely and mysterious woman is a crane in disguise (this fact is never less than totally clear from the start). I'm not sure how the story could have been made any differently, but I feel it could have been done better. Overall, not too bad.
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