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Swaying Chandeliers

1 On Friday, I wake up early, eat a bowl of cereal and put on my suit to go to the Graduation. The suit is a charcoal pinstripe, which I bought at the annual Daimaru Department Store suit sale. The … Continue reading

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Heisei 26.1.13 Coming of Age Day

Today is the day Japanese 20-year-olds put their best suits or kimonos on and go to the local city hall to meet friends and listen to dull speeches. It’s a national holiday, and, having a mild cold, I celebrated it … Continue reading

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Interlude

The baby cries and howls on the stopped train. Until then it was almost cosy sitting here on the local, Appreciating the autumn light on the tracks, Listening to a podcast about Louis McNiece (1907-1963). Uncrowded seats of mostly elderly … Continue reading

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It Takes Two to Tango…

(…from Amagasaki to Buenos Aires) (This originally appeared as an article in the August, 2011, issue of Kansai Scene) From August 16th-30th, the city of Buenos Aires will host its 8th annual International World Cup of Tango. Representing Asia in … Continue reading

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The View From the Tatami

{This originally appeared as an article in the July, 2011 issue of Kansai Scene} Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is famous among film students as the traditionalist director who broke all the rules. He would happily move props around from shot to … Continue reading

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The Quiet Genius of Kon Ichikawa

{This originally appeared as an article in the June, 2011 issue of Kansai Scene} Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008) was born in Mie and studied in Osaka. He began his career as an animator and perhaps because of this, his directing style … Continue reading

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Juzo and the Women

Juzo Itami (1933-1997) came to directing relatively late in life. Before he turned 50, he was known in Japan primarily as a TV and movie actor (although his father had been a noted director of samurai movies before the War). … Continue reading

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