A stage musical version of Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) film will run in Tokyo’s Ginga Gekijō theater from April 16 to 29, 2011. It is the first stage play adaptation of any Studio Ghibli work.
The 1991 film follows a 27-year-old Tokyo office lady named Taeko as she takes a sabbatical to visit her brother-in-law’s hometown in the countryside. The journey invokes nostalgic memories of her childhood and leads her to reconsider her path in life. The film was Takahata’s second Ghibli work after Grave of the Fireflies three years earlier, and it featured actresses Miki Imai and Youko Honna in the shared role of Taeko. The film also included "Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane" — Harumi Miyako’s Japanese rendition of "The Rose" song made famous by Bette Midler.
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