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The writer's family moved to a suburb of Kofu, 100 kilometres north-west of Tokyo. With no other public transportation facilities she used the Minobu line for piano lessons, PTA meetings and other such commitments required by four children. In the daytime there were only a few passengers on the train. The railway being a single-track line, the train stopped longer at some stations in order to let the trains coming in the other direction pass by. When the train stopped at one such station, the boy seated nearby the writer joyously yelled to his mother to look at a dandelion. At the end of a rusted sidetrack covered with fallen leaves and probably no longer in use, there stood a bright yellow dandelion flower. It was a desolate wintry scene and that spot alone appeared warm. The boy observed the dandelion all by himself.

Keywords: dandelion flower; Kofu; Minobu line



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