Interview #35

Book Corner: “熊與山貓” by Kazumi Yumoto

King | Ink'chacha

Written and Images by King | Ink’chacha
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

King: Viruses are rampant. Recently, I often feel that I am not far away from death. I am always afraid of contracting the disease or if I could survive 2020. When I started thinking about death, I remembered the book "熊與山貓", a children's picture book that started with a theme of death.

The story revolves around how the bear steps out of the trauma of the bird's death until he meets the bobcat. The bear revisited those happy memories with the bird as previous gifts. He came to realize that death is just a physical departure, and the spirit left behind allows those who live to carry on their life journey.


Written by: 湯本香樹実 Illustrated by: 酒井駒子

Although this is a picture book, both adults and children can learn how to face death. The illustrations and simple content in the book help you think through the profound subject of death as you read on.

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