- Awesome Music:
- The Hungarian music that plays during the safflower picking scene. Can be found here: 
- A Japanese version of "The Rose" being sung over the end credits and scene.
- Ending Fatigue: Sets in about an hour into the movie, really.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Italian viewers could find a particular scene from the film hilarious, and it's (probably) not the random unidentified Italian song Toshio listens to near the end of the film. The safflower picking scene mentioned above has another piece of foreign music other than the one listed, that is, "Dilmano Dilbero" by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir (as heard here in the context of the film). "Dilmano Dilbero" has been famously used by Italian comedic rock band Elio e le Storie Tese as the basis of their wacky 1992 single "Pipppero®", so it's likely that Italian Studio Ghibli fans born between the 70s and the 80s couldn't help but finding the scene unintentionally funny.
- Memetic Mutation: This conversation from the very beginning of the movie, on Tumblr - for some reason.
Taeko's classmate: Did you get good grades?Taeko's other classmate: No. But I don't care.
- Values Dissonance: Certain actions that Taeko's parents take with her might seem bizarrely harsh from a 21st century Western perspective, such as when Taeko remembers getting slapped by her father for leaving the house barefoot, or when her sisters and mother speculate on whether or not she might be retarded because she got a bad score on a math test.