Reborn from Ashes

Last weekend I had the chance to visit Hiroshima and Miyajima, two of the places I most wanted to visit in Japan. It was a two day trip which first day was spent in Hiroshima, and the second in Miyajima, where stands my beloved Itsukushima Shrine. The first day was… shocking. Visiting the Peace Memorial … More Reborn from Ashes

Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, lit. “Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Ponpoko”) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, written and directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, which are able to use “illusion science” … More Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)

Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロンSakamichi no Aporon, lit. “Apollo on the Slope”) is a Japanese manga series by Kodama Yuki. An anime television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012, directed by Watanabe Shinichirō. The beginning of summer, 1966; because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Nishimi Kaoru moves by … More Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)