The Best Shorts Competition

American Hikikomori recently won an “Award of Merit” in the Best Shorts Competition!

We are honored by this juried award and are absolutely grateful for the opportunity to share our story.

Awesome.

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American Hikikomori DVD’s are here!

Everyone who donated $50 or more to our Indiegogo campaign gets a copy of our short award winning film!

Thank you for supporting us!

We are truly grateful that you believed in us and wanted to help us tell this story.

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American Hikikomori @ the Indie Night Festival

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A big “Thank You!!” to Dave Brown for showcasing our film, American Hikikomori, in the Indie Night Film Festival last Saturday!! We are grateful for the opportunity to tell our story and meet other filmmakers.

Discussing the film
Discussing the film

We also give Dj Q-Nice a gold star for making several attempts in pronouncing the title of our film.

Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.
Akiko Shima talks about her experience working on the film.

From the Indie Night Film Festival website:

INDIE NIGHT aims to elevate the craft of artists while giving them an avenue where they can be
recognized on a bigger platform, network and exchange info with new & established Hollywood
creatives.

To learn more about Dave Brown’s Indie Night Film Festival follow the link.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on future festival screenings and progress on our next film!

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Kanagawa Countryside, too…

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China Town in Yokohama, Japan

One of our favorite places.

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Taken right after the new year…

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Enter “The Marshmallow Girl…,”

Or Plus size women (in America). Recently RocketNews24 posted an article about Japan’s newest trend acknowledging “Marshmallow Girls”. A “Marshmallow Girl” is a voluptuous/”chubby” Japanese woman.

TGIF everybody…

Plus Size Model, Goto Seina modeling for Japan's new plus-size women’s magazine, la farfa.
Plus Size Model, Goto Seina will model for Japan’s new plus-size women’s magazine, la farfa.

This recent acceptance really surprised me. Why? Well, any American who has ever dated a Japanese woman (let alone married one) must be aware of the tremendous pressure for Japanese women to be super skinny in Japanese society. The pressure is very intense, ten fold what we put up with in America. It’s a nightmare for any girl who is bigger than a (American) size four .

To get an idea of what I mean, the picture below illustrates, “how plump the figure is thought to be, and assuming that “0% chubbiness” is the representation of the average “acceptable” size, you should get a pretty good idea of how strict Japanese society is with curvy figures.” – Joan Coello, RocketNews24

Percentage of socially acceptable "chubbiness" in Japan
Percentage of socially acceptable “chubbiness” in Japan with 0% being average.

When I first met my wife she was around 60% and (over the years) went up to 80% but is now down 50% with her goal being 40%. Her goal is 40% because that’s comfortable for her and is what she wants. I love 100% of her all the time but my opinion doesn’t matter when she’s looking in the mirror and shopping for a new outfit. She strongly believes Japan is way over due in changing its attitude towards larger women.

Plus size models
Japanese plus size models 

I can’t imagine the social repercussions this will have on little girls’ self image/confidence. I hope this will broaden perceptions of what people consider to be healthy & attractive. It’s really why I’m taking the time to even mention this.

Welcome to the new millennium Japan!

"Marshmallow Girl" model
“Marshmallow Girl” model

What do you think?

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Somewhere in Japan: Fujigoko (Winter 2010)

Every time I’ve gone to Japan, I’ve been fortunate enough to explore Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. As a result, I’ve taken hundreds of photos.

I thought I’d share some more.

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Welcome to Fujigoko
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Most street signs featured silhouettes of Fuji-san.
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Regional Old house.
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Regional modernized house with traditional roofing.
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Modern estate. We were all hoping someone would come out and invite us in for tea…
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Abstract closeup of the pond. Looks like a painting.
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Another. No camera tricks other than a polarizer.
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One of my favorite photos from that day.
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I think we were at an old corn mill. Although we had (really great) soba for lunch.
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This place was packed with people but I still managed to steal this shot. I think this was attempt five or six. Totally worth the effort and wait.
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Roof Closeup
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The only (say it like a Nihonjin) Ma-ku-do-na-lu-do’s I ever saw written in Katakana. The rest were in english.

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