Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
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Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni

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English: Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
Synonyms: Yunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni, The Town of Evening Calm, The Country of Cherry Blossoms
Japanese: 夕凪の街 桜の国


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 3
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 16, 2003 to Oct 12, 2004
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Historical Historical
Serialization: Manga Action
Authors: Kouno, Fumiyo (Story & Art)


Score: 7.411 (scored by 28702,870 users)
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Ranked: #32202
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Popularity: #2228
Members: 6,572
Favorites: 56

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Part 1: Hiroshima, 1955. Ten years after the city was consumed by a scorching flash of light, a woman's soul is still deeply shaken by the earth-shattering explosion that devastated her home and changed her life forever...
A family from Hiroshima struggles to come to terms with their survival of the atomic bombing of their city. The protagonist is Minami Hirano, about 20 years of age.

Part 2: Set some decades later, the niece of Minami Hirano is bewildered by her father's mysterious disappearances. She and a friend follow him to discover what he is doing.

The main theme of this is historic manga concerns the question what impact the war and the atomic bombing had on the most vulnerable. Fumiyo Kôno examines this question in her outstanding book—an award-winning, widely-discussed masterpiece!


Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni won the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival's Grand Prize in the manga category in 2004. In 2005, it received the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Creative Award.

It was published in English as Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Last Gasp on February 2, 2007, with a reprint on February 25, 2015. It has also been published in French by Kana, Spanish by Glenat, Italian by Ronin Manga and Portuguese by JBC Mangás.

The manga has inspired a radio drama, a novel, and an award-winning live action movie.


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Oct 7, 2010
alexalgebra (All reviews)
This manga is an historical piece about the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. Obviously, it's not completely uplifting, but it has its moments. Overall, however, I found a lot of it fairly predictable and not all that eye-opening, in terms of giving me some additional historical competence. I was hoping to feel like I'd been to post-war Hiroshima after reading this, but I just felt like I'd read a comic book. Bummer.

Nevertheless, it's not a complete waste of time. It's cute in parts, touching in parts, and if you're into historical drama, it's worth picking up.
Jun 5, 2016
BlueKite (All reviews)
Town of Evening Calm is a glimpse of how the survivors of the atomic bomb cope up with its aftermath, a period when Japan is still slowly recovering from the damage it received during wartime. The manga is beautifully drawn, forming a lighthearted atmosphere that fits well with the melancholic narrative. It reminds me a lot of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou.

The manga is split into two stories that are connected. The cast of the first story is the Hirano family, and how they dealt with the loss of family members and rebuilding their lives again. One observation by the main character Hirano Minami is that read more
Mar 28, 2015
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
Town of Evening Calm is a story about a family of survivors of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. It passes through generations, starting with the year 1955, ten years after the bomb.

Firstly, the author did an excellent job in developing the characters set in the story. As a reader, you can clearly see the differences in society’s culture as times flies by. Minami’s shyness and attitude; which would look weird in even teenagers in today’s society, let alone in an adult; was what could be realistically observed from a women in the 50s. The friendliness and welcoming non-judgemental attitude towards colleagues and friends read more

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