JAPAN WEEK 1

First week in Japan has been subarashi! The previous Window Seat post belies the relentless discomfort of travelling in cattle class (burn the rich! & steal their business class seats!) but the first beer & dinner erased all the pseudo suffering… Anyway first some visual evidence of my first week, then a bit of the Nara International Film Festival and then… some seriously GREAT news!!!

Day 1 = a recce up Mt Maya in Kobe
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Recorded some beautiful Japansese cicadas/semi & I’ll forever refer to this particular recording as the Japanese Steve Reich Cicada recording as the stereo spatialisation & phasing of their calls was absolutely hypnotic… will post some recordings later in the week
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Came across this odd character hanging out on his little orange tarp…. instantly named him ‘drunk gajin’
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Seems we weren’t the only ones to notice his profoundly inanimate behaviour..
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Discovered Japanese teapots make ok iPod resonators…
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This fish looks a little sad, but wait until you see the video of its final tasty moments…
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Koto store in Nara…. sorely tempted!
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NARA International Film Festival – NIFF
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We got to walk down the red carpet in support of Tusi and THE ORATOR/O LE TULFALE which was screening in competition…
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And what a fantastic opening ceremony!!!
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On the right Naomi Kawase the motivating force behind the festival & Palme D’Or winning director for whom Nara is both her home & inspiration..
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The bicycle powered cinema was pure genius! One night the chosen film was E.T. and while it is decades since I last saw it I remembered the ‘bicycle across the moon shot’ but had totally forgotten the whole bicycle chase at the end of the movie.. So, along with most of the audience I laughed & cheered on the people riding the bikes, who were VERy enthusiastically generating power for the projector!
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And the great news? Tusi & THE ORATOR won the Golden Shika, the penultimate award for NIFF!! And along with the award is also the opportunity to shoot a feature film in Nara!!! Sugoi!!
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Sincere congrats to Tusi and everyone involved in making the film!!!

 

And a few random Nara photos

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i love Japan!

 

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Its considered good luck to squeeze through the base of this pillar!
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1am = closing time after a great night out!
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Arigatou Nara for a great weekend I shall never forget!

4 Responses to JAPAN WEEK 1

  1. Simon Price says:

    Kam-paiiiiiiiii!

  2. What is the seriously great news? Did you get through that pillar?

  3. Absolutely awesome stuff. You’d think this was a full on travel blog – I read a few of them so I should know. Anyways, hoping to head over there myself next year – judging by these pics alone it should be good! 🙂

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