This Happy Life is about a small community. Soma and his two daughters have a kind of magical capacity to endow everyday life with spirituality, although the Germanic menu they serve to guests is a good clue as to the sources of their inspiration.
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A propaganda curiosity. This Happy Life might appear innocent and sweet-natured but those painted on smiles belie the fact that Japan was in a pretty tight spot. A 'how to' on how to be a good Japanese during wartime. Make do! Want for nothing! Love thy neighbour! Lemons = lemonade!