Yanagawa horiwari monogatari (1987) AKA The Story of Yanagawa's Canals


The Japanese town of Yanagawa so captivated Hideo Miyazaki on his first visit that he decided to use it as the background for one of his stories. However, he entrusted Isao Takahata with directing the project. The producer of Nausicaä was so impressed with the efforts of the locals to protect the canals that run through the town that he would convert the entire film into a documentary about their peculiar history.

Director: Isao Takahata. AKA 柳川の運河の物語 / The Story of Yanagawa’s Canals
Writer: Isao Takahata.

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Note: 2 versions available for this documentary, the first one is Japanese audio w/English subs, the second one is English narration with English subs only for the non-narrated parts (interviews and Japanese on-screen texts).

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  1. June 27, 2022

    one of my favorite directors!! omeeelord!! thank you rarefilmm!

  2. James
    August 26, 2022

    Thank you so much for putting this up. Weird how the localized DVD was never released outside Japan.

  3. tordo
    July 31, 2023

    i was looking for this for so much time. this is a gift, this work of yours. please, leave some traces in case someone tries to take it down.

  4. Nico
    January 29, 2024

    File does not exist :'(
    Links down

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