Only Yesterday

Synopsis: A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.
Director(s): Isao Takahata
Production: GKIDS
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television

and Hakuhodo present

Only Yesterday

Executive Producers

Yasuyoshi Tokuma

Yoshio Sasaki and Ritsuo Isobe

Based on "Omoide Poroporo" by

Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone


Miki Imai

Toshiro Yanagiba

Yoko Honna

Music by

Masaru Hoshi

Theme song performed by

Harumi Miyako


Toshio Suzuki

General Producer

Hayao Miyazaki

Screenplay written & directed by

Isao Takahata

With ten days off,

I figured you'd go abroad.

But you're off to Yamagata, right?


Broke up with your boyfriend?

I just prefer the countryside.

- See ya!

- Bye!

Let's go play!

Bye now!


Did you get good grades?

No, but I don't care.

How come?

s soon as I get home,

we're traveling to Grandma's.

So I won't get yelled at for ages.

Lucky you!

re you going away too?

Yeah, to Nagano.

How about you, Taeko?

I'm not sure.

My Dad bought a summer place.

Wow... that's great!

Such a bad grade in math again.

But I got a "B" in science.

Are we going away for the holidays?

Not really.

Take me someplace.

I'll take you to a movie.

How about "The Crane Lady"?

Not that. I mean to the country...

The country?

Like Grandma's country house.

Grandma lives with us.

- Grandpa's then...

- He's dead.

We don't have relatives

in the country, so don't ask.

My family had lived in Tokyo

for generations.

I envied friends who had family

in the countryside.

It's too late to book.

ll hotels will be full.

But I really want to go...

What about "Onoya"?

We're regulars.

They'd have a room for us.

Where's that?

Good idea.

Taeko's never been there.

That's right.

Is it in the mountains... by the sea?

It's in Atami.


You get to ride the bullet train.

Sure, you'll love it.


It's great!

Lots of different hot springs...

There's a huge Roman Bath.

And other little ones, like

the Swan Bath and the Violet Bath.

The beautiful Violet Bath!

The Violet Bath...

Oh yes. It's fantastic.

You love hot springs, right?

Since father's working,

you four go.



Go too?!

I'm amazed you show up every morning.

Everyone else has left town.

Aren't you going anywhere?

- Yes, I am.

- Where?


Atami? What's in Atami?

Hot springs.

It's good timing.

We're going away next week

to visit relatives.

No one will be around for ages.

Hello. Okajima residence.

Nanako? It's Taeko.

Nanako? It's Taeko.

I leave today. Any message for

your husband's family?

Not really. Just bring them something.

Maybe cookies.

Say it's from us and

I'll pay you back.

Don't worry about it.

How's Mom?

She's out today.

She was mad you turned down

that guy's proposal.

"At 27, that's the best offer

she's going to get!"

It's all she talks about.

She's got a point.

You're not young anymore...

Oh, yeah?


You've got to settle down eventually.

By the way, did you really work

in the fields last year?

Yes, harvesting rice.

This year, I'm picking safflower.


Thanks to you, I finally have family

in the countryside.

So, I'm making the most of it!

Give me a break!

Rather than stay in that old house,

why not treat yourself

to a fancy hotel for once?

Maybe you'd meet a nice boy.

No way.

You mean a hotel like "Onoya"?


Not that again!

You've got to get over it.

Let go of that baggage from the past!

My sisters, of course, would never

go to a place like Atami.


Almost done?

Let's go to another bath.

We just went.

Only to the Swan Bath.

Bored to tears, I went alone

to the Brothers Grimm Bath,...

...the Mermaid Bath,

the Lemon Bath,...

...and the Violet Bath,

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Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata (高畑 勲, Takahata Isao, October 29, 1935 – April 5, 2018) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter and producer. In 1985, he co-founded Studio Ghibli with his long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki and Miyazaki's collaborators Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. Takahata earned critical international acclaim for his work as a director of anime films, among them Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994), and My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999). His last film as director was The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013), which was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th Academy Awards. more…

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