The search is finally over. Israeli film director Dvorit Shargal has finally found the Japanese child that has been a favourite back in Israel for half a century now. The child-idol only known as “Noriko-san” in Israel is now of course an adult. With ads in Japanese newspapers and Facebook, Shargal was able to find Noriko-san. The director was also accompanied by Eva, the Swedish girl who was featured with Noriko in the book that has become famous in Israel.
“It was like a dream,” said Shargal when she finally met Noriko in Tokyo. She also described Noriko, now in her 60s, to have “resembled herself as a young girl in the picture book.” Shargal was able to find Noriko when the latter contacted the Swedish Embassy after learning from her husband about the article posted in newspaper describing the director’s search for “Noriko-san.” The reunion of Noriko and her Swedish friend Eva Crafoord-Larsen, now 63-years old, was a delight that both, together with Shargal, had been engaged in hours of conversation.
When Noriko learned about her fame in Israel, she said, “I am both surprised and happy to hear that the book in which I appeared is loved in Israel.” The children’s book that Israeli children have been fond of was titled “Eva visits Noriko-san” by Astrid Lindgren. It was first published in Sweden in 1956 followed by a Hebrew edition a year later.
[via Tokyo Times]