Manga artist, Machiko Satonaka, speaks of the things she cherishes about Japan. The time of the Man’yōshū is when free expression and a distinctive Japanese culture began to emerge.

Machiko Satonaka has authored many manga set in the times of the “Man’yōshū” (a poetry anthology compiled between the years 600 and 759), beginning with “Tenjō no Niji” (Celestial Rainbow), the series that could be considered her lifework. She talks about her fascination for that period in Japan’s history.