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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Anne of Green Gables Star Visits Japan

Canadian actress Ella Ballentine who played the titular role of the Anne of Green Gables trilogy traveled to Japan to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of the Anne of Green Gables movie on May 6, 2017.

Anne of Green Gables was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery at the turn of the 20th century and tells the story of a young, orphaned girl who finds a home in a rural farmhouse in Canada’s Prince Edward Island.

Introduced to Japan in 1939, for whatever reason, the tale struck a chord with the female population, making it as much a cultural icon as the country’s own Astro Boy would later become.

Joining Ballentine, was the granddaughter of Montgomery, Kate MacDonald Butler—who surprised Japanese star Okada Yuo (surname first), who was on stage in front of 800 Japanese students at Toyo Eiwa Jyogakuin School, discussing the upcoming film launch.

What I love best about the photo at the very top, is that the school gave the granddaughter of the creator of Japan's beloved heroine - blue, plastic slippers so as to not mess up their lovely stage.

I've worn worse. At least hers are a blue that goes with her dress... and they look shiny, clean.

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel, Anne of Green Gables the trilogy movie tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious little girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew.

The conservative Marilla has a profound effect on the adventurous Anne and creates a journey of learning and personal engagement that has resonated with generations since L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908.

The book remains an iconic work of Canadian literature, having sold sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
Ella Ballentine with painting of original Japanese Anne of Green Gables translator Muraoka Hanako (surname first).

Andrew Joseph

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