Oe Kenzaburo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, claimed
that he wrote all his novels up to that time in order to express the feelings of his first
son Hikari who is mentally dischallenged. In that sense, in winning the Nobel Prize,
he believed that he had achieved his goal. He therefore started to write for children.
In a similar way his close friend Seiji Ozawa, the world famous orchestral conductor,
works towards promoting a love of classical music among children. Oe, in his book,
Jibun no Ki no Shita de wrote about Second World War Japan, the period in which he
himself was a child. The book is a good example for understanding culture through
a literary work, as it provides us with knowledge not only Japanese culture but also
its history and society.