Tag: Japan

  • SFF 2023: Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days; the search for truthful images, in life and cinema

    SFF 2023: Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days; the search for truthful images, in life and cinema

    Perfect Days is his most vital attempt at capturing images that brim with life, to the point of overflowing.

  • Naoshima: A Japanese Art Island Offering A Glimpse Into The World

    Naoshima: A Japanese Art Island Offering A Glimpse Into The World

    By Jean Kearney The Japanese island of Naoshima is peculiar. It’s an art island, better known to tourists than it is to locals. Capturing the imaginations of our small group of artists and art students, the island was an essential detour on our exploration of Japan. And we were not disappointed. We could sense the…

  • Casual racism

    Casual racism

    People props are bad enough, but when they are there to encompass a culture that does not actually consist purely of people in bright colored tights and suspenders, we have a little issue. These identical expressionless girls were described as ‘clumsiest attempt to appropriate Japanese culture and fashion since Gwen Stefani’s ill-advised Harajuku phase back…

  • Ase Ga Daradara Dete Kuru (Sweating Like A Pig)

    Ase Ga Daradara Dete Kuru (Sweating Like A Pig)

    As the red sun rises in Tokyo, its residents, still in their beds, reach for their smart phones to check the day’s forecast. Swiping the screen feverously for hour-by-hour predictions, they turn to second opinions — large folders full of weather apps — reassuring themselves with all the times Yahoo! Weather got it wrong, until eventually…