News Sushi: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond #7


Editor Note: Hamish takes us on a ride from Japan into space in this edition of News Sushi: Morsels of News form Japan and Beyond.
Thank you, Hamish, for providing us with insights into your world.


Up Into Space

My facebook friend, and incredible composer based in the Netherlands, Siddhartha Barnhoorn’s work brings to mind the work of Vangelis. And this new track is available for download (name your price) here:

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Now that I have you floating out in the cosmos…

Let me take you to the kitchen… specifically, “Tomoko’s Kitchen”.
When an apartment building’s security doors malfunction, a group of disparate residents discover how oven-fresh cinnamon rolls can change destinies.
• This is a great little film, and features an out of character Elvira, namely Cassandra Peterson.

It was written by a friend of mine, David Chester, a writer and filmmaker in Japan. And he was the gateway to the filmmaking world in Japan for me. When I moved to Japan, I had basically given up my dream of getting into filmmaking. It was always in the back of my mind, but I thought breaking into that world would be impossible. However, one night at a party, I met David, and he invited me to a screenwriting event taught by Ellen Sandler (producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond”), so I dusted off my old dreams and went along. Well, that lit a fire in me that hasn’t burned out almost 10 years later.

David, who’s done it all, is also an accomplished musician. And recently he wrote a book called “Freelancing in Tokyo” to help others do what he has done. you can check out his blog here:

And he’s the epitome of the theme of this week’s News Sushi. David’s been plugging away, getting to the quarterfinals in countless screenwriting competitions. And his film, “The Lesson” even won the Tokyo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s top award, but he never seemed to be able to get himself over the line. Well, I’m proud to report that he’s now got two projects in post-production at the Lifetime Channel in the US.

So, no matter who you are… you are never too old to dream!

At TsuruTonTan in Ginza. Noodle lunch!

A post shared by David Hal Chester (@davidhalchester) on

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Happy Friday and keep looking Up.

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