On our flight home from Seoul to Tokyo on Japan Air, I watched a really delightful movie called Climbing to Spring, and I wanted to recommend it to you as a sweet, joyful, family-friendly video. It was just released in June, 2014 and tells the story of a young Japanese man, Tooru Nagamine, and his quest to find peace…starting with his childhood of living with his parents in the Tateyama Mountain Range of Japan…to a career as a trader in the financial world…and then in returning home to reconnect with his family and the wonderful world of mountains and nature.
Of course, there are lots of ups and downs along the way, but the most outstanding thing about the movie to me was how gently and slowly the love relationship developed between Tooru, the hero, and the young heroine, Ai Takazawa, who worked at his parents’ resort. It’s the way I think all love stories should go: working together, admiring one another, and over a long time developing a deep friendship that culminates in what you know will be a happy and enduring marriage. Good people doing good things and helping each other through thick and thin.
Perhaps I shouldn’t give away the end, but it doesn’t appear to be available in our country (at least yet), and that made me sad, because Hollywood isn’t producing a lot of morally-elevated, happily ever after movies these days! Maybe they will in the future, and maybe Climbing to Spring will find its way to western markets. If it does, it’s worth seeing! But, whether or not we get to enjoy sweet love stories made into movies, all of us can live them by learning to love the people in our family and in our lives.