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
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
Came across this odd character hanging out on his little orange tarp…. instantly named him ‘drunk gajin’
Seems we weren’t the only ones to notice his profoundly inanimate behaviour..
Discovered Japanese teapots make ok iPod resonators…
This fish looks a little sad, but wait until you see the video of its final tasty moments…
Koto store in Nara…. sorely tempted!
NARA International Film Festival – NIFF
And what a fantastic opening ceremony!!!
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!
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!!
Sincere congrats to Tusi and everyone involved in making the film!!!
And a few random Nara photos
Its considered good luck to squeeze through the base of this pillar!
1am = closing time after a great night out!
Arigatou Nara for a great weekend I shall never forget!