Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is called ‘It Only Happens in the Movies?’ and it explores the theme of ‘encounters’. The films in the programme “include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking … Continue reading

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (トレジャーハンター・クミコ) (2014), starring Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子), written by David and Nathan Zellner and directed by David Zellner, is an absolute masterpiece. See for yourself: Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is a brilliantly quirky, highly original adventure film about a girl obsessed with finding the treasure she’s seen buried in the 1996 … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Yamagata (山形県)

Japan by Prefecture: Yamagata (山形県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Yamagata Prefecture (山形県). Yamagata Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Yamagata City (山形市 ). I was lucky … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Short Peace (ショート・ピース)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Short Peace (ショート・ピース)

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is called ‘It Only Happens in the Movies?’ and it explores the theme of ‘encounters’. The films in the programme “include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Akita (秋田県)

Japan by Prefecture: Akita (秋田県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Akita Prefecture (秋田県). Akita Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Akita City (秋田市 ). Akita Prefecture … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Miyagi (宮城県)

Japan by Prefecture: Miyagi (宮城県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県). Miyagi Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Sendai (仙台). Last year I … Continue reading