Friday, October 27, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
- The New York Sun, October 20, 2006 Edition
"Donald Richie Comes to Queens"
At Cody's Books, in a talk titled, "Manga and Anime for Parents (and Other Grownups)," Gilles Poitras, author of the Anime Companion, Anime Companion 2, and Anime Essentials, will present an overview of the history of anime and its related entertainment manga. Will include video clips and Q&A!
Friday, November 3
Cody's Stockton St. Store
Friday, October 20, 2006
Leonard Koren, design philosopher and author of How to Take a Japanese Bath (a classic just re-released by Stone Bridge Press!), was quoted in a Denver Post article on custom-built baths:
"Cleansing is the secondary aspect of the bath. You wash your body outside of the tub ... The soaking is the relaxation aspect of the bathing ritual. You don't want to pollute the clean water with your dirt."
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
AR: What was it about samurai films that grabbed your interest so suddenly and completely?
PG: I'd have to say a combination of intellectual sophistication, intense sword action (sometimes elegant, sometimes savage), and a refreshingly frank and cynical approach to political intrigue. Add the occasional Zen aphorism, along with an aesthetic refinement unique to Japanese culture, and you've got an unbeatable formula for a stirring, sublime film experience.
Makes us all the more excited for Patrick Galloway's forthcoming Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, & Thailand!
The Japan Foundation (U.K.) brings Koji Yamamura, one of Japan’s most successful and distinctive animators, to London to discuss his work and his position in the growing Japanese animation industry. The event will commence with an illustrated talk by Helen McCarthy, co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia and the very exciting, soon-to-be-released The Anime Encyclopedia 2. This talk will be followed by the seminar, which will take the shape of a conversation between Koji Yamamura and Jayne Pilling, founder and director of the British Animation Awards.
Japanese Animation and the World of Koji Yamamura
October 16, 2006
6:30pm, The Japan Foundation, 10-12 Russell Square, London
Fax: 020 7323 4888; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org info
Friday, October 06, 2006
An excerpt from Hillel Wright's review in Metropolis, issue 164:
"My favorite was “Cell,” a story in which high school student Yuta Tsuda becomes addicted to his cell phone and develops an uncontrollable nervous twitch when he’s unable to use it. The story offers great insight for every one of us, from Luddite to geek, regarding this pervasive contemporary phenomenon."
And from Charlie Dickinson's engaging review at hackwriters.com:
So while In the Pool has many laugh-aloud moments, at a deeper level, this comedic collection has some intellectual backbone. These are stories about characters tamping down their neuroses and getting on about life.
In that regard, a note about Japanese psychotherapy with which Japanese might be more familiar than English readers: Okuda has Dr. Irabu refer to the great pioneer in Japanese psychotherapy, Morita. A contemporary of Freud, Dr. Masatake Morita (1874-1938) cared little about the roots of neurosis, preferring to educate patients to accept neurosis and go on with action-oriented steps to improve their lives. "Just do it!" might have been his slogan. As one student of Morita, Takehisa Kora, has written, accepting reality as it is or "arugamama means to jump in anyway, fear and all."
[quatation from Kora, Takehisa, How to Live Well: Secrets of Using Neurosis, State University of New York Press, 1995, p. 13]
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The Oct/Nov issue of J SELECT (Vol. 50 No. 10)features a cover story on Donald Richie, author of The Japan Journals, A Lateral View, The Inland Sea, and many more seminal volumes. You can see an excerpt from the article and interview, here. If you live on the East Coast, you may have a chance to see Mr. Richie in one of his many appearances throughout October. Here's his schedule.
Monday, October 02, 2006
"Okuda's collection of short stories in its original Japanese has sold close to a quarter of a million copies and has been made into a film. The translator of this English version, Giles Murray, deserves special praise for taking Okuda's deceptively easy prose and finding a way of expressing it that is readable, modern and avoids the pitfalls of many standard translations that attempt to be too literal...In The Pool has a story for everyone. It helps put into perspective the annoyances and disappointments we all face in modern society as well as giving the reader a chance to reflect on ways to make his or her life a bit better. Dive into it."