Celebrating the legendary author of Totto-Chan

Luca, an online science portal initiated by Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad, is offering fans of the book a chance to reach out to its author Tetsuko Kuroyanagi on her 90th birthday on Wednesday

August 08, 2023 06:38 pm | Updated 10:11 pm IST - KOCHI

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Ardent fans of the best-selling Japanese work Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window have something to cheer about.

Luca, an online science portal initiated by the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad, is offering them a chance to reach out to its author Tetsuko Kuroyanagi on the occasion of her 90th birthday on August 9 (Wednesday). They can upload the experience of reading her autobiographical memoir and wish her birthday through the link https://forms.gle/xAtmQyQFACVWArtN8.

The cover of the Malayalam translation of the book Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window.

The cover of the Malayalam translation of the book Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window.

Some of the other programmes organised to honour the legendary figure include ‘Totto Quiz’ for children and a Google meet interaction with writer Anwar Ali who translated Ms. Kuroyanagi’s literary classic into Malayalam.

“We plan to compile the birthday wishes and sent it to the Totto Foundation founded by Ms. Kuroyanagi as a mark of tribute to her,” said Riswan C, chief editor of Luca. “About 5,000 students had participated in an online quiz held as part of her 90th birthday,” he said.

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

In a letter sent to her informing about the celebrations on her 90th birthday, the people behind Luca stated that the Malayalam translation of her book was an instant success. It went on to motivate a few generations of students, it said.

Born on August 9, 1933, Ms. Kuroyanagi is a noted Japanese actress and television personality. She was also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Published in 1981, her memoir speaks about her life and learnings at the Tomoe Gakuen elementary school that existed in Japan during the Second World War. Sosaku Kobayashi, its founder and headmaster, had imparted unconventional education methods rooted in freedom of expression and creativity. The school was burned down following American bombing in 1945.

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