and her devoted husband Kohei-san, love Japanese tradition and
have chosen to live an old fashioned lifestyle. All throughout
the manga series, the central characters of Sai-san and Kohei-san
involve themselves in traditional culture. From Sai-san's decision
to wear kimono and prepare old fashioned home cooked meals, to
the couple's participating in the many cultural observances that
mark the seasons, the pair succeed in helping to preserve many
worthwhile aspects of Japan's past.
charming to see Sai-san walking down a modern commercial avenue
in her kimono, oblivious to the high fashion shops and other businesses
vying for her attention. Sai-san is daily confronted in various
ways with "life in the big city," yet she remains confident and
self assured in her chosen way.