New Years in Japan

Spent the holiday seeing some family in the land of the rising sun.

I took some pictures when I could…

New Years Temple01
New Years at the Local Shrine
New Years02
On our way out of the Shrine… I love Japanese lanterns at night.
New Years Money
New Hopes for a New Year

Yokosuka is a small city thirty minutes south of Yokohama and about an hour or so south of Tokyo. Kamakura is pretty close as well. There’s a US Navy base here also and sometimes, unfortunately, they (enlisted men) do cause problems but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the local eats and what not. Just use your common sense and be polite.

YOKOSUKA HEART
Saw this… whatever it is, thing.

Yokosuka is a small town but beautiful town.

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To Fresh Beginnings…!

Fireworks!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Candle
My wife made this candle, fyi.

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The LA Eiga Fest

Yesterday, I went to a few screenings at the Los Angeles Eiga (映画 / Film) Festival in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater.

Flyer pic
Inspiration to keep moving forward with this film.

I watched the new Toei anime “アシュラ” (Ashura) and the Short film, “Mo Ikkai” before that. “Mo Ikkai” was very calm and cerebral while “Ashura” was very violent and gorey but yet, thought provoking and beautiful in the end.

Afterwards I stuck around for the shorts competition and had no idea I’d be participating in the audience award selection. I enjoyed all six films. “Sacrifice” was very thought provoking and eye opening about the seemingly forgotten victims of the Fukushima radiation fall out while “Battle on the Underground” and “Edo of the Dead” were both fun films to enjoy a sillier side of everything. “Yukuharu” and “Nuku Nuku” (love the cast and cinematography in this film) were very strong and well done dramas but the audience award and competition winner is definitely “Famiry“.

Famiry is just a stand out fun short film that is full of twists, turns, and surprises. The lead actress is brilliant along with the director’s choice of shots and editing. There are some predictable story elements but the director still plays with them enough that I didn’t really care. I don’t want to sound too much like a critic but I really enjoyed this film and look forward to seeing what the director and cast do next.

I enjoyed myself for the most part but everything seemed a little disorganized. I was under the impression that the LA Eiga Fest had been around for years but it turned out this was their second year. So with that, I expect great things to happen in the coming years.

Watching every film inspired me to keep going with my own (American Hikikomori) so that I, too, can showcase a story that has meaning to me, and possibly, other people around the globe.

Production Blog #6: Have a Tenugui on us!

This week started out slow and then, suddenly became very busy.

So in trying to plan our upcoming fundraising campaign. I’ve been racking my brain inorder to come up with what ONE of the gifts would be that we will give to our donors to say, “Thank you for believing in our film”.

One item I thought of is a Tenugui.

History of TENUGUI

In the Heian period (AD 794 – 1192) TENUGUI was used as accessories for Shinto rituals. Cloth was such a precious item that the use of the item was not widespread among the people during the Nara period (710 – 794). From the Kamakura period (1192 – 1333) on, it gradually became popular. In the Edo period (1592 – 1868) cotton began to be cultivated in various parts of Japan and TENUGUI became a necessary item for living. It was around this time that people started to regard it as a valuable item not only in terms of its functions but in terms of its artistic value. Then a contest called “TENUGUI-AWASE” became a widespread event among a certain type of people who tried to win with their original designs on TENUGUI. Such competition contributed to the development of new dyeing techniques. In the Meiji era (1868 – 1912) a dyeing technique called “Chusen” was devised and it extensively revolutionized the industry. In or around the Showa period (1926 – 1989), a variety of associations were formed by people who love TENUGUI and such associations spread throughout the country with TENUGUI as an item which is no longer within the realm of daily necessities. Today there are many different colors and patterns of TENUGUI and people have free minds of how to use TENUGUI.

-http://www.kamawanu.co.jp

I have several and I love them all. Some were gifts, others I bought myself but they all get used. I use them mainly as a handkerchief but have used them as a head scarf, face mask, and hand towel when necessary.

Tenugui pic
Pretty and practical, I love my tenugui.

So it’s practical and looks cool. Good idea, right?

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