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Movie Review: You Name (君の名は)

Movie Review: You Name (君の名は)

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa / 君の名は) is honestly one of the best Japanese movies I’ve seen – ever. It is engaging, funny, clever, interesting and brilliantly animated – just about everything you could want from a film. It’s no wonder writer and director Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠) has been dubbed the new Miyazaki … Continue reading

Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

Based on a popular manga comic, Japanese director Naoko Yamada’s (K-On) affecting drama about the tempestuous relationship between a boy who hears and a girl who doesn’t; this is a beautiful Japanese animation which has themes around living as a deaf person at its core. When Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new elementary … Continue reading

Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

“If you must blink, do it now…” What an opening line! I was captivated from the moment the film started, and Kubo & The Two Strings is without a doubt the best animated film I’ve seen this year, and in a long time. Kubo & The Two Strings is not a Japanese film, it’s an … Continue reading

Sweet Bean (あん) – A Movie by Naomi Kawase

Sweet Bean (あん) – A Movie by Naomi Kawase

Billed as an “ode to the simple joys in life”, Sweet Bean (あん) directed by Naomi Kawase (河瀨直美) really is just that, and it’s lovely. Sweet Bean is set in a small-town dorayaki (どら焼き) (red-bean pancake) shop run by a grumpy middle-aged man (Sentaro, played by the rather handsome Masatoshi Nagase / 永瀬 正敏) who … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Welcome to 2016! It’s hard to believe 2015 is over already – it absolutely flew by! Haikugirl’s Japan has now been running for 8 years and 7 months, and I’ve written a total of 1,318 posts! In 2015 my blog was viewed about 180,000 times, and overall Haikugirl’s Japan has been viewed around 775,000 times! That’s quite mad, isn’t it? … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2014 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2014 in Review

Welcome to 2015! It’s hard to believe 2014 is over already – what a year it was! Haikugirl’s Japan has now been running for 7 years and 7 months, and I’ve written a total of 1,205 posts! In 2014 my blog was viewed about 120,000 times, and overall Haikugirl’s Japan has been viewed around 596,400 times! In 2014 I … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2013 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2013 in Review

Another year is drawing to a close, and it’s hard to believe I’m sat here again trying to find the words to sum it all up. 2013 has flown by, and it has been an absolute whirlwind of awesomeness. Haikugirl’s Japan has now been running for 6 years and 7 months, and I’ve written a … Continue reading

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain (Kitsutsuki to Ame / キツツキと雨), directed and written by Shuichi Okita (screenplay by Fumio Moriya) is a heart-warming and funny tale of an unlikely friendship. When we first see 60 -year old Katsu (played by Koji Yakusho) he is hard at work felling trees in the small, peaceful mountain village where he lives … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2012 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2012 in Review

What a year it’s been for Haikugirl’s Japan! First and foremost I would like to thank you all, dear readers, for reading, ‘liking’, sharing and commenting on my posts all year. Thank you to those who have been with me a long time, and to those who have joined more recently. Haikugirl’s Japan has now … Continue reading

Mitsuko Delivers – A film by Yuya Ishii

Mitsuko Delivers – A film by Yuya Ishii

Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is a young woman who believes everything will be okay and always tries to help those around her. One day, she met an American man and wanted to help him. They became involved in a relationship and she moved with him to California. A little later, her boyfriend left her and Mitsuko … Continue reading