Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
I'm really glad to hear the news that this touching manga is back again in hardcover edition. As I was genuinely moved by this wonderful manga, I wanted to recommend it whenever I have a chance to talk about atomic bombing. However, it has long been out of stock and I thought it might not be published anymore because of its seriousness of the topic.
It's a touching story of two generations of young women whose lives are affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It deals with such a horrible history, yet quite moving storyline and the gentle illustration enable us to experience the awful history as one of the events which might have happened to anybody and anyplace all around the world.
It won several awards in Japan and also earned critical acclaim in its 2007 U.S. release. The American Library Association also included it in its 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.
I guess a hardcover edition will be welcomed by librarians with its durability.
I hope that more young people get their hands on this manga and share some time thinking over the history of Japan over this manga and make a small step forward to make a peaceful world.