Unmarried career woman Taeko Okajima (Miki Imai) takes her first extended trip outside her native Tokyo when she travels to rural Yamagata to visit her sister's family during the annual safflower harvest. On the train, Taeko daydreams about her pre-adolescent self. As her vacation progresses, she has extended flashbacks about the frustrations and small pleasures of her childhood, and wonders if her stress-filled adult life is what the young Taeko would have wanted for herself.
Director: Isao Takahata
Writer: Isao Takahata
Producer: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Youko Honna, Mayumi Iizuka, Masahiro Ito, Chie Kitagawa, Yuki Minowa and Yuuki Masuda