“Known for her passionate creation of spaces where manga can be sold, Keibunshō’s Yamakawa Mika is putting her power behind Suetsugu Yuki’s Chihayafuru. “For the first time in a blue moon, my blood is just streaming through my veins! I’m sure there are many readers who think that a title about karuta will be difficult to access, but I believe this is something that will definitely appeal to many of you, regardless of gender.” Overturning the traditional image of karuta, this title keeps attracting more readers with its mix of friendship, romance, tears and fighting spirit! Here, we ask the author about what’s to come!”
This is an interview with Jump Square, published online in November 2008, after Chihayafuru was recommended by Keibunshō’s Yamakawa Mika as a 2008 ‘good read’. At that point, two volumes of the manga tankoubon had been released.
Notes: The original web pages on which this interview was published are no longer available — I found it through archival snapshots of the pages after hearing about it on a discussion forum. If you want to see the Japanese text for any particular section, please leave me a message.
Disclaimer: This translation is entirely my own—please do not copy and paste a substantial part of it elsewhere, though you are welcome to link to it if you wish.
Recently, Keibunshō’s Yamakawa Mika strongly recommended Chihayafuru as a good read. Could you please share with us what sparked your writing a story about such an unusual theme – karuta? Read more of this post