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Tales of a Charcoal Burner narrates the day to day life of young Ue Toshikatsu, who, following family tradition, devotes himself to the hard labour of the titular profession in Wakayama Prefecture.
The protagonist shows the laborious process of manufacturing charcoal in first person and strikes up a conversation with the reader through stories of his daily life and folk tales handed down in the region since antiquity.
-from Dolmen Editorial
炭焼物語 Le conte du charbonnier (French) Relatos de un carbonero Tales of a Charcoal Burner