Project of the Day—Like any good documentary, Far Western takes a topic we had no idea we were interested in, in this case, Japan’s obsession with country music, and creates a whole film around the idea.
In 2010, Alexandra Huddleston walked 800 miles around the island of Shikoku, Japan, loosely tracing the life of Buddhist saint Kōbō Daishi. Part photo book, part travelogue, Huddleston documented her entire journey for East or West: Walking a Buddhist Pilgrimage, our Project of the Day.
That’s a wrap.
Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart film has a poster! No surprise it’s as beautiful and insane as the plot. More info in their latest update, including news that the version dubbed by backers is now complete.
The old-fashioned way.
Ukiyo-e Heroes (浮世絵ヒーロー）breaks down the anatomy of a Japanese woodblock print in their latest project update. Looks beautiful — and exhausting!
Anatomy of a Woodblock Print
Printing begins soon!
You can order your print here:
America’s first ramen tasting menu.
Like a culinary nomad, chef Yuji Haraguchi has been slinging his delicious ramen all over NYC. After honing his craft in the back of a bar and at street-side stalls, this soup wizard is ready to kick it up a notch. Yuji is creating a pop-up "omakase" ramen restaurant, where his seasonal and experimental takes on the Japanese staple will be offered as a tasting menu for the first time in the States.
8-bit till dawn.
Nubuwo Winter Bundle is a new Kickstarter project that shares the best of Fami-Mode, Tokyo’s infamous all-night festival of videogame music.
Highlights include Professor Sakamoto, an 8-bit madman who performs with a Nintendo cartridge strapped to his head, and Ben Prunty, the composer behind acclaimed Kickstarter-funded game Faster Than Light.
Of all the enticing backer rewards for Ukiyo-e Heroes, one was unique: A “print party” at master printmaker David Bull’s studio in Ome City, Tokyo.
Two backers just visited last week and and project’s creators shared their story. Bull’s narrow home studio, perched on a grassy hill, seems like a surreal oasis of calm amid the world’s largest metropolis.
Since Newsmotion's Kickstarter project ended last December, the media storytelling site has published six in-depth, feature-length articles that approach journalism from a civic perspective, exploring the ins and outs of humanity's relationship with the world.
Newsmotion’s sixth published piece is written by Josh Price, who is also in the middle of producing a new documentary via Kickstarter, cpm-730, which finds him examining the community adjacent to Japan’s Fukushima power plant after the nuclear meltdown.
While the film approaches the subject through the eyes of artist Shimpei Takeda, Price’s piece for Newsmotion, entitled “The Children of Fukushima,” chronicles the altered lives of kids growing up in the post-nuclear city, who now can only go outside for three hours a day — and only with a geiger counter in hand.
Seeking a Trace
Shimpei Takada exposes contaminated soil from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to photosensitive materials for months at a time, resulting in abstract imaging of the samples’ radiation content.
3 days left for BLIND, the feature film that “imagines a parallel-universe version of Japan which also suffered a nuclear crisis but was less lucky than its real world counterpart. It’s a place where fallout readings are a part of the weather forecast and gas masks are as ubiquitous as black suits and Gucci bags.” Peep this sweet interview with BLIND's director and producer in Time Out Tokyo.