Only Yesterday : Can you sympatize with Taeko’s memories?

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Hello! I’m Mishi! How have you been lately? Today, what I want to recommend to you guys is Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ/Omoide Poro Poro). This movie is the first Ghibli movie that has been dubbed and released at the theater in North America. Have you gone to the theater to watch?? This movie is a little bit different from the other Ghibli movies. I will tell you the reason why! Let’s take a look at the story first!   。。。ヘ(。><)ノ




This takes place in the summer season of 1982 in Japan. Taeko Okajima as the main character has gotten her days off from her company. She has plans to do things on her days off. One of those things is to go and stay with her elder sister named Nanako. They live in the countryside which is Yamagata.

While she is on the sleeper train she begins to reminisce about the time she was in 5th grade. When she was in 5th grade, she lived in Tokyo but she longed to have family who lived in the countryside so that she could go and visit them.

While she is staying in her family’s house and helping her family’s agricultural business, she reminisces more about her childhood. For example, her first love, math at her school, the taste of pineapple, and her father got mad at her and so on.

At the same time, she starts to feel attracted to the agricultural business and also the son of this house named, Toshio. But time won’t last long. When it is fun, time flies by so fast. It is time to go back to her home. What will happen to her? This movie is the story of Taeko who starts to change her life…..

Only Yesterday Characters

Main Characters


Only Yesterday Taeko

Taeko Okajima (adult) – Main character. She is the youngest of the sisters. She is 27 years old and works as an office lady in Tokyo. She grew up in the city of Tokyo so she always longed for the life of the countryside. As she uses her days off, she goes to the countryside and enjoys her life in there. She stays at her elder sister’s husband’s family’s house and helps with their agricultural business.

Only Yesterday Young Taeko

Taeko Okajima (childhood)(left) – Young Taeko when she was elementary school student. She used to be good at writing essays but not good at math at all. Especially, the division of fraction. She used to be a bright girl but sometimes, stubborn. She has two elder sisters and she used to fight much with her second sister named, Yaeko.

Only Yesterday Toshio

Toshio (back) – He is the son of the house where Taeko stays at. He used to be a white collar worker but he quit his job and switched to an agricultural job. While winter time, he is an instructor of skiing.

Taeko’s mother – She is a housewife. She usually wears a kimono.

Taeko’s father – He is a white collar worker. He is strict and quiet but sometimes, he spoils her.

Taeko’s grandmother – She is a type of person who is calm and modest.

Nanako – She is the eldest sister in Okajima family.

Yaeko – She is the second eldest sister in Okajima family.


How to find this movie


Anime Studio : Studio Ghibli

Year : 1991

Only Yesterday Blu-ray and DVD

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The Art of Only Yesterday

The Art of Only Yesterday on Amazon


Opening and Ending songs



Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane – Harumi Miyako (愛は花、君はその種子 – 都はるみ)


Only Yesterday Soundtrack

Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane is in this O.S.T.


Mishi’s top picks for Otaku


As far as I know, there is no item for Only Yesterday! Gomen ne! ヾ(^-^;)




My Review


Recommendation Chart of Only Yesterday

The reason why this movie is different from other Ghibli movies is because it is for mature people who are adults. There is nothing wrong for kids to watch but the descriptions and worldview is for adults. There is no action scenes or laughable scenes like other movies for kids so I think this is for adults. It is because the director is not Hayao Miyazaki. The director is Isao Takahata. He makes Ghibli movies more realistic and plain so this time, as I said above, it is for adults. Some people say that they don’t know what the point was for making this as anime. I think it is true. Especially, people who are looking forward to the worldview of Ghibli. But what is wrong with making this type of movie?? In a different sense, I think it is good because only adults can understand the feelings of Taeko. That means when kids grow up and rewatch this movie they can finally understand. That is the great part of it. You know sometimes, when we are children, we couldn’t understand something but when we became an adult, we finally are able to understand it. This is the movie like that so it is for mature people! (*´д`*)

I think you want to ask me about more details of what I am talking about. This is a nice question because I haven’t said it clearly. Let’s talk about it a little bit deeper without spoiling it for somebody who hasn’t watched it yet. The story goes along with the memories of Taeko. Her reminiscent and her present state mutually come across each other and she will notice that she comes here to make up her feelings that she used to have when she was a child. Then she notices that she is an adult. This is the point! The kids don’t have childhood memories yet and they can’t let their memories come across with themselves yet. But the adults have the memories. So The adults can sympathize their memories with this story. To enjoy this movie, the key is a sympathy. Even though you are an adult, if you can’t sympathize with Taeko, this movie would be boring for you. Because the story is plain and simple. You have to synchronize your memories of your childhood and the scenes of Taeko’s memories. If you will be able to do this, you will definitely love this movie. The background of this movie’s period is not too long ago but you can still get into the nostalgic feelings of your memories through her memories. This part makes this movie interesting for me. I wouldn’t have felt this is fun when I was a kid. That is the reason why I said this is for the adults.

I said kids won’t be able to enjoy this movie yet, but they might be able to feel or long for becoming adults and give them positive feelings. I don’t know about it for sure but it won’t harm anybody to watch it. I do recommend this movie to adults, though. If you feel like you want to reminisce your childhood, it might be a good movie for you to watch. I hope it won’t make you feel homesick! (≧m≦)

Thank you for reading this post! I hope you will be able to enjoy and sympathize with this movie! (*^-‘)/~☆Bye-Bye♪


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