Awa Naoko (1943–1993) was an award-winning writer of modern fairy tales. She studied Japanese literature at Japan Women’s University. In Japan, Awa is known for her time-less, lyrical prose, which explores relationships between humanity and nature. “Until the Beans Are Cooked” is a translation of “Hanamame no nieru made,” the title story of Awa’s 1993 book, which contains six stories of Sayo, a twelve-year-old girl who does not have a mother. In it, Grandmother tells Sayo how her father met her mother, the daughter of a Yamanba (mountain witch).
Kamei, Toshiya. "Until the Beans Are Cooked." Marvels & Tales 23.1 (2009). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol23/iss1/7>.