Only Yesterday

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The action skips back and forth between 1966 and 1982 as Office Lady Taeko Okajima, visiting the country for a working sabbatical on a farm, recalls events from her childhood-achievements, embarrassments, hopes, dreams, and people. She's trying to decide whether to return to the city and go on with her career or to marry and settle in the countryside, and her reminiscences, at first seemingly aimless, help to shape her decision just as those events and people helped to shape the person she has become.

Hotaru Okamoto's and Yuko Tone's original 1987 story, serialized in Myojo weekly, concentrated on the misadventures of the 10-year-old Taeko-the 1982 framing device was conceived by Takahata solely for the film. Beautiful animation and design are almost taken for granted in a Studio Ghibli production, and the script is excellent. The overall emphasis on the importance of marriage, and the assumption (still widespread in Japan at the time) that a real career and family life are mutually exclusive for women, may offend some viewers. Sexual politics aside, Takahata's tale of one woman's choice recreates everyday life in town and the Yamagata countryside with loving care and a marvelous eye for detail, imparting the weight of a historical document without overwhelming the delicate human story.


TrackTitle / [English translation]SingerTime
1Main Theme
(Music by Katsu HOSHI)
2Yashi no Mi
3Mayim Mayim
(Israeli Folk Song)
4Hoshi no Furamenko
[Flamenco of Stars]
(Music by Teruhiko SAIGO)
6Hyokkori Hyoutan-jima
[The Floating Gourd Island]
Youko MAEKAWA1:04
7Kokekokko no Uta
[Cock-a-doodle-doo song]
Arihiro FUJIMURA0:59
8Poor BoyKazuo KUMAKURA (Torahige)1:39
9Hyokkori Hyoutan-jima (Ending Theme)Sei-ichirou UMO1:10
10Omoide no Nagisa
[The Beach of Memories]
The Wild Ones0:42
11Tokyo BluesSachiko NISHIDA0:30
12Damatte Ore ni Tsuite Koi
[Follow Me without a Question]
Hajime HANA and the Crazy Cats0:17
13Sayonara ha Dansu no Ato ni
[Say Farewell After the Dance]
Chieko BAISHO1:24
14Suki ni Natta Hito
[The One I Came to Love]
Harumi MIYAKO0:37
15Omohide Poroporo
(Music by Katsu HOSHI)
(Words/Music: trad. Hungarian)
Márta Sebestyén with Muzsikás4:03
17Fuvom Azénekem
[I Sing My Song]
(Words/Music: trad. Hungarian)
Márta Sebestyén with Muzsikás2:11
18Hajnali Nóta
[Morning Song]
(Words/Music: trad. Hungarian)
Márta Sebestyán with Muzsikás2:30
19Frunzulitâ Lemn Adus
[Fluttering Green Leaves]
Gheorghe Zamfir1:32
20Cîntec de Nunta
[Song of Marriage]
Gheorghe Zamfir2:49
(Music: trad. Italian Folk Song)
Italie Eternelle3:11
22Ame no Benihana-zumi
[Safflower Picking in Rain]
(Music by Katsu HOSHI)
23Theme Variation Abe-kun
(Music by Katsu HOSHI)
24Ai ha Hana, Kimi ha Sono Tane (Ending Song)
[Love is a Flower, You are the Seed]
("The Rose" in Japanese
Music: Amanda McBroom / Words: Isao TAKAHATA / Arrangement: Katsu HOSHI)
Harumi MIYAKO4:00

Characters & Voice Actors

Masuda, Yuuki
Okajima, Taeko
Honna, Youko
Wiederhut, Angela Konstanze
Tsuneko, Tani
Iizuka, Mayumi


Takahata, Isao
Momose, Yoshiyuki
Maeda, Mahiro
Ohira, Shinya

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Mahiro Maeda Key Animator
Yoshiyuki Momose Storyboard
Isao Takahata Isao Takahata is an acclaimed director/producer of anime films, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and long-time collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki.

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General Information Edit
Name: Only Yesterday
Release Date: Jan. 27, 2005
Name: おもひでぽろぽろ
Romaji: Omohide Poroporo
Release Date: July 20, 1991
Rating: None
Runtime: 118 (mins)
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