News Sushi: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond #45

News Sushi #45
Editor Note:It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. Hamish brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan.

Thank you Hamish, for your insights.



Hi everyone, while it may seem like I’ve been writing regularly, this is the first article I’ve written post-holiday and post-hospital stay. So, if it’s a little awkward, then, that’s the reason. I’m a little rusty.

At the point when this is published, I think I’ll be in the mist of shooting the pick-ups for my feature film. Hopefully, as this is the second go round, I’ll be more in control this time.

As they say, proper preparation prevents poor performance. I’ve been reading the book “The Power of the Actor” to better understand the acting process and talk to actors better. This time, we aren’t going to be improvising, as I’ve written a script with dialogue for the additional scenes. So, hopefully, that will let us be more creative with the shots. I love improvising, but this time around, I’m focusing on capturing specific story beats. The whole thing has been an incredible learning process.

Just because I was in hospital (for seven days, with a combination of animea, stress, and undiagnosed GERD), didn’t mean that the film train didn’t keep chugging along. Deron Reynolds, who has come on board as our new composer, wrote a beautiful love theme (remember when movies used to have those?), and it was one of the best things about being sick, that I could wait for new versions of the song. We are now at the demo stage, and have brought a singer on board. She’s been a friend of mine for over 30 years, and I’m so excited to have her and her sister on board to help create the song. Details coming soon!


After picking up the bug from the Holiday Content, I’d like to spotlight some films from Japan that you may not have heard about.

This week, I’d like to spotlight, “Until Rainbow Dawn”, which was directed by Mika Imai, and is a deaf filmmaker who made a film in JSL (Japanese Sign Language).

It has Japanese subtitles, but I think it’s easy enough to understand through body language.

This reminds me a little of “The Tribe”, which I watched at Cannes a few years ago and was made completely in sign language. If you ever want to test the idea that 80% of communication is sign language – then, watch that film!

The story is about two young women who meet and fall in love at a deaf event. When one of the women comes out to her mother, she is rejected. The director of this film is also a member of the Deaf LGBT community, so there is added authenticity.

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Elan Rie has released her first song in a while, “星雫 stardrop” and it’s a beautiful song!

To connect with Elan, follow her here!

Do they realise that it’s April Fool’s Day elsewhere in the world?

She’ll be selling seashells to cover your bottles by the shore…

Come on over to enjoy the snow with these great festivals!

Here’s your hot link of the week…

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Daily Dobbit from Chi-Yow

Tree Meditation from Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

Until next week!

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