Takekurabe (たけくらべ), translated by Edward Seidensticker as Growing Up and by Robert Danly as Child's Play, is a Japanese novella written by Higuchi Ichiyō in 1895–96.

The main characters are children living on the edge of Yoshiwara, the only district of Edo (later Tokyo) that was licensed for prostitution. As they grow up, they find themselves assuming their family professions and losing the freedom they enjoyed as children.

Film adaptations based on the novella include:

There is an animated adaptation that was released in North America by Central Park Media; it was titled Growing Up in the English release.[2]


  1. ^ (in Japanese) たけくらべ http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1924/az002790.htm accessed 8 May 2009
  2. ^ "New Video Releases." Central Park Media. February 8, 2003. Retrieved on October 10, 2009.