Night on the Galactic Railway 4+

sound novels

takeshi sainen

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • $3.99

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Bringing music and picture books together. Music picture books, or "sound novels," combine picture books with high-quality music. With over 40 gorgeous illustrations and 15 toytronica music tracks, you will feel like you are watching a movie as you read. Reading with the lights off in your room and headphones will result in an even more immersive experience.

This app gained popularity when the picture book was first released in Japan. It became a hot topic on the internet, even being talked about on the news and featured on the iTunes Store as an app that paves the way for futuristic textbooks and picture books.



The main character, a young boy named Giovanni, learns about the galaxy at school during class. That night, he gets on a steam train that suddenly appears on top of a hill. The steam train's destination as it runs along the Milky Way is the Southern Cross at the end of the galaxy. Giovanni meets many people during his journey, including his classmate Campanella, intelligent but mysterious adults, and young children. The story is a tale of growth, with Giovanni thinking about the meaning of life as the train travels south along the Milky Way.


- Number of pages: 272 pages (You can read it in 40 minutes.)
- Beautiful sliding text
- Clear prose
- A rotating pop-out planisphere menu
- An experience akin to watching a movie (A key point is that you will not skip the text.)


Author: Kenji Miyazawa
A Japanese literary scholar and poet of children's literature. Night on the Galactic Railroad is a famous work that has sold a total of over 6 million copies.

Translator: Roger Prior
Born in England.Translator and university lecturer.

Music: Moskitoo
Provided by a composer who mainly focuses on electronica.

Illustration, design and production: Takeshi Sainen

Programming: Tom


You can see the demo video on YouTube. You can see it from the "App support" link.
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What’s New

Version 3.0

Compatible with newer versions of iOS.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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