#422 Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a manga about farming.

Doesn’t sound so exciting, huh? But, remember Japan also made Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing.

The story follows Yugo Hachiken, a smart kid from Sapporo who moves to the countryside to escape his strict father.


He ends up at an agricultural school and it’s much harder than he expects.

It’s a fun story of growing-up and seeing the world from a different perspective.


It was also made into an animation and a live-action movie.

It was well received and the manga has sold over 12 million copies.

It was also nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize this year.


The Japanese name is 銀の匙/gin no saji.

“Born with a silver spoon in your mouth” is an English idiom for someone who was born with wealth or privilege. This may be the meaning behind the manga title but no one knows for sure. There are many interesting interpretations that you can check out in this well researched blog piece.


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