Donation Theater: Help Western Japan Recover From the Flooding Through Film

Japan has a rainy season and typhoon season every year but this year’s has been pretty bad with record rainfall in July leading to widespread flooding and landslides in various areas of western Japan such as Okayama, Ehime, Hiroshima, and elsewhere. At least 140 are dead and others are missing. Millions of people have been have been ordered to evacuate and too many have lost their homes and access to utilities like electricity and water. With the weather calming down, the heat has returned so dangers are still present. People are now digging through mud and rubble to recover their communities and some are living in evacuation centres as the recovery efforts are underway with more than 70,000 rescue workers and lots of volunteers helping the relief effort.

You may be wondering what you can do. There is something.


Last month film Twitter started retweeting a link to something called Donation Theater, a fund-raising campaign handled by the CINEMA INFRASTRUCTURE ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN to support the victims of the “western Japan heavy rain disaster”. Essentially, you can use a Paypal account or bank transfer to donate some money to help people and then watch films, some of which have been made by people who come from these areas.

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Genkina hito Says Goodbye to 2017 and Hello to 2018 – New Year’s Resolutions – Follow Your Dreams Remix

Welcome to my last post of 2017.

I hope everyone is well and has had a good year.

Around this time last year, I was at the first of many shrines I would travel to in Taito-ku welcoming in 2017. It was an amazing experience made possible by a good friend and the start of a pretty good year for me. I was able to continue travelling across Japan and enjoyed doing unique things due to the kindness of others.

I had a blast at the Osaka Asian Film Festival where I got to watch lots of films and I really enjoyed meeting the team and working with them. I continued working on a film by helping out with sound-recording and photography on a couple of shoots, something which is set to continue into the new year in a more behind-the-scenes role. I took part in a major festival in Tokyo thanks to a friend (a seriously sophisticated and beautiful JoJo’s fan) and found that carrying a shrine is as hard as it looks. Also, visiting Kyoto was pure magic and it was made better since it was spent in great company.The Night is Short, Walk on Girl Image

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Genkina hito Says Goodbye to 2016 and Hello to 2017 – New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to my last post of 2016.

I am writing this in Japan. It has been one of my long-term goals to get to Japan. It has, in fact, been a dream since childhood. It hasn’t been an obsession but it has been a major facet of my life. I have made friends from Japan and learned some of the language. So much of my everyday life has centred around Japanese media. I just naturally gravitate towards things like anime and video games, music, and films and that has matured into high culture and a vague goal of becoming a part of Japanese society in some way. I have been doing that from Britain with the nebulous plan of getting to Japan. Now I am finally living in Japan. Following dreams really does work!

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Genkina hito’s Christmas in Japan

Hello dear readers.



I have been very slack writing posts for the blog because I have been working on various project and exploring Tokyo. I finally made it to Japan. Some days I become blasé about certain things but then I remember that I am on the other side of the planet and in a country I have always been interested in. It’s amazing. I have gotten used to commuting in and around Tokyo and following train etiquette, I use chopsticks without having to think about things, and I am picking up Japanese words at a fair clip.

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Genkina hito Says Goodbye to 2015 and Hello to 2016 – New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to my last post of 2015.

2015 has been marked by more of the same as I wrote about and attended films and film festivals. I got work from magazines and other websites. I practiced Japanese. Business as usual. However there are some changes in terms of my future. I have the chance to go to Japan and that has been a goal I have had for a laughably long time but I have been too cowardly to pursue it until now but before that…

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Honey and Clover Brief First Impression of Episode One

So Honey and Clover…

What a pleasant surprise. I watched it as part of an anime challenge given to me by Beats Lars. In the first part I answered questions and I sent him some questions for him to answer and recommended he try the first ep of the anime [C] The Soul of Money and Possibility Control. Now I have to review the first episode of this anime. I had no expectations about this.

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Genkina hito’s Anime Question Challenge

Following on from Lynn’s questions I am now answering a series of other questions from Beats Lars who is an insightful aniblogger with good taste. I don’t normally do these things but since the questions are all connected to anime and I love anime then that’s cool. He sent some question so I sent him some questions for him to answer in return. Here are my answers (warning, this is long and rambling):


  1. Favorite anime series.

Kino no Tabi. I had to think about this. For less than a minute. I watch a lot of anime but revisit few. I was addicted to Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evagelion when they first aired and bought CDs and DVDs but haven’t watched them in nearly a decade. Not so with Kino no Tabi. I watch it every so often. At thirteen episodes it’s easy to devour but I love it for more reasons than just that.

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Lynn Moustache Me Some Questions, Apparently

From: https://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/want-to-play-a-game-of-tag/


Lynn, a lady with great taste in films from the wonderful Lynn’s books blog, has tagged me for a game of four (the link has Lynn’s answers which are really quirky) and since she’s a cool character and I haven’t done something like this in a while, I thought I’d take part. She thinks I might have some cool answers (I don’t know what gave her that idea…) so I thought I’d answer a lot of her questions by using videos and/or pictures. Brace yourself for a traumatic trip into my mind and background:

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Edgar Allan Poe

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Liebester Blog Award Number Three

Lynn from Lynn’s Book Blog has passed on the Liebster Blog Award to me. Not one for ignoring praise (please give me praise, I have writer’s syndrome) and never one for ignoring Lynn (a blogger with great taste in films as well as books) or any of my fellow commenters/bloggers, I have put up my responses here. Here are the rules:

Liebster Award1. Tell us 11 things about yourself

2. Answer 11 questions the blogger who awarded you asked

3. Pass the award to 11 people

4. Give them 11 questions.
5. Tell them about the award
6. Don’t award people who are recipients already

I have done this before so I’ll skip the formalities and the whole nominating people bit because I doubt anybody I would nominate has the time to reply to be quite frank.

11 Things About Me Updated for 2013

  1. I have met Doctor Who.
  2. I have met the film director Isshin Inudo.
  3. I have Japanese relatives, I own Japanese things, I obsess over Japanese films, I speak Japanese but I have yet to go to the country.
  4. I have a sister who is much younger than me and more beautiful, cooler and smarter than me. She has developed a cool taste in films.
  5. I watch at least two films a week, usually both Japanese.
  6. I spent most of my childhood watching subtitled films from France and Hong Kong.
  7. I like rainy weather.
  8. I work in an art museum with a famous collection.
  9. I sometimes like to watch trashy anime like Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Haganai.
  10. I am trying to write a novel.
  11. This is Year II of My Time of Getting Things Done.Kino (キノ) and Hermes and their Options

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Blogger Interrogation Game Answers

Hyouka Reading ImagesWhen Annoying Dragon over at Everworld tagged me for the Blogger Interrogation Game I was a bit surprised. I’ve taken part in 7×7 and Liebster and even Book Tag but I have never heard of the Blogger Interrogation Game. Sounds scary but it involves anime and books so I am more than game because those are two of the most important things in my life and they are pretty important to Annoying Dragon so I think we’ll get along charmingly. Thank you for putting me in such a scary situation, Annoying Dragon

Here are the rules:

  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives. You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so forth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.

Alas, I was awfully busy this week and so the deadline is too close for me to tag others and I follow movie bloggers with only a few anibloggers. That said I will answer Everworld’s questions and post cool anime images.


1) If you could pick a book/anime to have with you on a desert island, what would it be?

Wait a second… How long are we going to be stuck on this desert island? Please say a couple of days! Anyway I would pick Kino’s Journey for my anime because I can, and have, watched it repeatedly. I still discover new things in the anime and I love the art/music of the show.As far as books go I would either pick Murakami’s After Dark or David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film or Kim Newmans Nightmare Movies. I can read those a lot.

2) What book/anime universe would you like to live in?

I would like to live in the world of Kino’s Journey. It is set in a mittel-European like setting Kino (キノ) and Hermes and their Optionsand it is made up of a patchwork of lands which have different features – one kingdom can be a futuristic place while the next one over could be Edwardian or Victorian. Life is deceptively simple and if you want a change, just jump on a motorrad and ride off over a hill and through a field of red flowers. I would probably end up working in the same type of place I work now but the possibility of escape and change on a daily basis is always there and the idea of going on a journey of self-discovery is kind of cool. Just make sure you have your persuader.

3) Who is your fictional soulmate?

Patlabor the movieNoa Izumi from Production I.G.’s Patlabor franchise. I love Patlabor. It’s the one mecha anime I really enjoy watching. Part of it is down to the realistic portrayal of the uses of giant robots, another part is the down to earth but charming characters. Noa is good-natured, perky and a red-head. We are both good natured but she is much more out-going than I am which I like. I think we would complement each other well as I am a bit more reserved and a thinker and she would push me into doing things while I could support her… I’m thinking about this a little too deeply but I genuinely like her as a anime character and a person. I was tempted to put Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell in here but I think Noa is more my level since we have a similar morning routine. I said that before in the book tag post but it still rings true.

4) Why do you like anime and what are some aspects of anime that you could do without?

I love the imagination in anime and the ideas. The medium is so stylish and when it is coupled with the slick animation, great character designs and the different but interesting stories and characters that western animation houses and television shows would never dare touch it makes the whole medium interesting. I love the aesthetics whether it is the exaggerated facial features and worlds or the way that a story can progress and I love the way we get a glimpse into Japanese culture.

We’re quite fortunate in the U.K. in the sense that the distributors here do get quite a few interesting titles. The one title I really wanted to see get a release in the U.K. and didn’t expect for it to happen was Mawaru Penguindrum and that was recently confirmed for release some time next year – that was a major surprise and a welcome one. I assumed it was too different to get a release but much like The Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves, the distributor Kaze is taking a risk on it. The only anime I can think of would be Mōryō no Hako which is the sequel to the story, The Summer of Ubume which I have the book of. I would like to wrap the two together.

I hate fan service and ecchi.

5) And because I am really curious and sometimes a bit strange, what’s your favourite food?

I like Chinese/Asian food. I have recently enjoyed Singapore fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. That and cheesecake. Can’t beat cheesecake especially when my mother and sister make it.

I would like to thank Everworld for tagging me. It was fun.