The Weekly Bulletin: Week 42
So much going on, so many typhoons! We’ve had two typhoons in two weeks in Japan, on top of the Mt. Ontake eruptions, not to mention more Fukushima scares. Tokyo hasn’t been hit too hard, as the storms tend to calm down by the time they hit the capital, but Okinawa and Kyushu have been hit hard both times, and there have been landslides reported in several areas across the country. I hope this isn’t a preview of what’s to come this winter. Last year there was very heavy snowfall and a number of storms up north. For some reason, though Japan is a relatively peaceful country, its geography is pretty violent. (Or is it peaceful because of it?)
Regardless, onwards with the news!
- Last weekend was the Asagiri Jam music festival (“sister” festival of Fuji Rock) near Mt. Fuji and I was lucky enough to write reviews of some shows, which will be up at Smashing Mag later in the week. Asagiri (which means “morning fog/mist”) has a completely different vibe from Fuji Rockーit’s much more relaxed and family-friendly. There are only two stages and the main attraction seems to be the events around the stages. I wrote a little bit about it in this year’s Asagiri Jam Intro post, and I’m going to try to make my very first infographic detailing my observations from the second year at this particular fes. Keep an eye out for that! Until then, for tidbits and photos from the weekend, check out my Instagram feed!
- For a preview of one of my favorite acts from the weekend, here’s a sweet track from Asakusa Jinta, some pretty crazy dudes armed with brass instruments, a cello, and some pretty smart suits:
- The movie Gremlins is celebrating its 30th anniversary and in honor of this coming of age, fashion label Muveil’s A/W collection features several sartorial tributes to the film. (The Gizmo poncho is so cute!) Also, Ba-Tsu Art Gallery and neighboring Common in Omotesando are holding an exhibition featuring chandelier artist Kim Songhe’s magnificent furry Gizmo installations right now. The only reason this is on my radar: YJ adores Gizmo and thinks he’s so cute! (Uniqlo also did a collaboration with Gremlins earlier this year and had an adorable T-shirt on sale a while back, but only in women’s sizesーnot a good fit on YJ unfortunately!)
- The Swedish Film Festival is currently on at Eurospace in Shibuya, and will be on until Friday this week. I’m hoping I get a chance to check it out, but typhoon 19/Vongfong is throwing a spanner into my plans and so I may miss it. They’re showing one of my favoritesーand a Swedish children’s classicーRonja Rövardotter, which I’ve never seen on a big screen. (I tried to watch it with YJ once at home, but he spent most of the time being confused, and sounded very much like the rumpnissar in the film “Wh-wh…why are they doing that? What’s that good for? Why????” (<-especially at the bit with men rolling around naked in the snow) so we gave up. For those of you who are interested and have the time, check out the last couple of days of the fes! But be warned, most Swedish films are pretty dark and a little bit depressing… ^^;
- There is a fantastic Kickstarter campaign (that’s about to endーif you’re interested, donate now!) to fund a movie made about Japanese war brides who married American soldiers and moved to the U.S. after World War II ended. It’s a particularly interesting project because the three journalists making the film are daughters of such brides. They hope to share the stories of their mothers and of other women with similar experiences (it’s estimated about 50,000 Japanese women crossed Pacific in the late 1940s-early1950s), before their stories are lost forever. I’m intriguedto find out how they dealt with the struggles of living in a new, foreign countryーespecially in the country that solidified Japan’s defeat in WWII. The film “Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight” will be completed by August 2015, in time for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Until then, the team will be updating stories on their blog.
- YJ and I got married! On paper! Mostly! It came to a surprise to quite a few people on Facebook it seems, since we didn’t really make a big fanfare about it, and didn’t really have a traditional engagement either. But we did the paperwork and… and… we’re almost kind of, maybe 95% married! Why the “maybe/kinda/hmm”? Well, as I expected, the Japanese system doesn’t really deal with dual citizenship well. There’s not a problem per se, but they need to confirm a few details before it’s completely confirmed and we can get the papers in our hands. The registration date will remain the same, we just have to wait for some hob knob to give the “okay” and we’re good to go. However… That may take up to a month!! Will have to include a post about how to deal with dual citizenship issues in Japan at a later date… >_> But yay, married! We’ve started to talk a bit about wedding plans, but the ceremony probably won’t be until the middle of next year. (Phew, more time to
procrastinateplan!) (No photos because of the awkward atmosphere when we couldn’t get our papers, haha!!)
- YJ and I finally saw Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno last week and we were both kind of nonplussed about it. I liked the costumes and the setting, and some of the fight scenes. But there was a lot of grunting and growling and excessively long fight scenes that I felt were unnecessary. I haven’t read the manga or watched the anime so I also felt a bit lost in terms of the plot as well… YJ has read/seen both, but was still cool about the film’s content. To be honest, my favorite character was former Shinsengumi member Saito Hajime (played by the hottie Yosuke Eguchi, rowrrrr!) who had a very minor part in the film, only at the end. YJ thought he was the best as well, but for different reasons, haha! I think it’s well worth seeing on the big screen if you’re going to see it at allーthe fight scenes are pretty spiffy, after all. (And Saito eye candy. ^^)b Sure, sure Rurouni Kenshin isn’t bad either… But Saito. Seriously yum!)
- Oh! It was also YJ’s birthday last week, and I still consider it one of my great accomplishments in life that I managed to negotiate our marriage registration date to be a different day other than his birthday. It still boggles my mind that he wanted it on the same day. Here’s a sneak peek at his presents: Two LINE character accessories! (I wanted to get him a big bear, or one of the pass case ones, but they were sold out. Brown is too popular!!)
- That’s… pretty much it, so I’ll just finish off with the manicure I got ahead of our nuptials!
How was your week? Any plans for the weekend?