歩いても 歩いてもAruitemo aruitemo

Still Walking is a 2008 Japanese film edited, written, and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The film is a portrait of a family over roughly 24 hours as they commemorate the death of the eldest son. The film was widely praised by critics and won the Golden Astor for Best Film at the 2008 Mar del Plata…

23rd Station : 島田宿 Shimada-juku

Shimada-juku (島田宿 Shimada-juku) was the twenty-third of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Shimada-juku was located on the left bank (Edo side) of the Ōi River, just across from its neighboring post town, Kanaya-juku. The Tokugawa shogunate expressly forbid the construction of…

broken by the snow

  In the morn I go Stepping over the bamboo Broken by the snow. –Shasui   Art by Kasamatsu Shiro

暗黒女子 Ankoku Joshi

The Dark Maidens is one more teen movie, a kind of thriller written by Rikako Akiyoshi and directed by Saiji Yakumo. One day, Itsumi Shiraishi (Marie Iitoyo) dies at Seibo Maria Girls High School. She falls off from the rooftop of a school building. Itsumi is the daughter of the administrator at the school and…

Nakamaro views the moon in China

Abe no Nakamaro (701-770) was the son of a high court official, who at the age of 16 was sent to China to study timekeeping and the Chinese calendar. By the whim of fate he remained there until he died. The poem is thought to express his homesickness for Japan: “Now I lift my gaze…

学習塾 Juku

Gakushū juku are special private schools that offer lessons conducted after regular school hours, on weekends, and during school vacations Juku attendance rose from the 1970s through the mid-1980s; participation rates increased at every grade level throughout the compulsory education years. This phenomenon is a source of great concern to the Ministry of Education, which issued directives…

winter crows

かわかわと  大きくゆるく  寒鴉   Kawa kawa to     Ookiku yuruku       Samu-garasu   “Cawa-cawa” In a large and loose way, The winter crow. -Takahama Kyoshi   Art by Ogata Korin

ビリギャル Biri Gyaru

Flying Colors is a 2015 Japanese youth comedy drama film directed by Nobuhiro Doi, based on a true story. The film was released on May 1, 2015 in Japan. Sayaka Kudo is a gyaru who wears miniskirts and dyes her hair blonde. Although she is a second year senior high school student, she is on par academically…