Human rights group, Amnesty International Japan, recently released a proposal to the Japanese government earlier this month on measures that they must take to tackle discrimination against those in the LGBT group. The contents covered a range of situations from discrimination in workplaces to when natural disasters hit.
This past weekend, Makoto Shinkai’s latest hit film『君の名は』(Kimi no Na wa) or Your Name in English, has finally been released in theaters throughout the United States. Having released last year in Japan, the film has become Japan’s #1 film of 2016 and has more recently surpassed legendary Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away as the highest grossing anime film of all time. For those unfamiliar, Makoto Shinkai has been called “The New Miyazaki” due to his talent in animation, stunning visuals and portrayal of emotional themes. To celebrate the release of his recent film, I have chosen to write about one of his works in relation to the themes of our class. In particular, I would like to discuss『言の葉の庭』(Kotonoha no Niwa) or The Garden of Words in English, and its theme of isolation. Continue reading “Solitude in the Rain”
It was one summer afternoon that I had unfortunately found myself trekking through a local park in 80-degrees Fahrenheit weather. I was alone, under the blazing hot sun, fighting a literal uphill battle against the seemingly endless slopes that drained away my already unimpressive stamina. To add even more to my suffering image, I was lugging around a full suitcase, carrying a backpack, holding a bag in each hand and wearing a jacket. Yes, a jacket in the summer.
I had just landed in Tokyo and had only one objective for the day—to make it to my apartment before nightfall. I did not spare even the tiniest moment to consider how I felt or looked. The first thing to do in a foreign country was to seek out your haven. Yet here I found myself on the brink of passing out from dehydration with less than 3% battery left on my phone. With fear, loneliness and exhaustion, I desperately relied on google maps to take me out of the antagonizing park;which it eventually did. However, little did I know at the time that this park would come to be a place of turning point in my life—the true haven that I was searching for. Continue reading “Inhabitant of the Park”