News Sushi #65: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #65 And we keep serving News Sushi!

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.

I’m back after a little hiatus. As mentioned in the Friday interview with Brian Kirst, there was some really sad news in Japan this past week, and I just didn’t feel as if I could right a News Sushi article that week.


So, this week, I’m going to try and be positive.

First, I’d like to introduce you to the art of my former professor, Daniela Glassop. She’s in the middle of a #100 days of art project on instagram, and if you are interested in art, it’s well worth following.

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I hope you have managed to find somewhere warm and dry this Saturday. Another fantasy flower based on a letter from the alphabet. I had to make the flower symmetrical so you could see the letter that this flower has been based on. Can you see guess? This is for day 49 of my #the100dayproject where I am joining @victoriajohnsondesign and focusing on illustrating #birdsbutterfliesandblooms while #playingwithtechniques. #explorecolour . . . . . . . . #professionalillustrator #artlicensing #notahobby #modernfloral #flowerart #packagingillustrator #greetingcarddesigner #inspiredbynature #surfacepatterndesign #homedecor #illustratorsaustralia #newcastlecreative #makeartthatsells #artistsofinstagram #flowmagazine #theabun #illustrationartists #danielaglassop #knowmyname

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One of my favourite people to talk about in the column is Andy Van Scoyoc, who you might remember has recently released a book on superstitions, and releases micropoems which I’ve published here.

Well, her book of dark poetry (which I’ve just ordered) has just been released. And it’s going to be a good one.

The publisher has already sold out of the first run of books, so you better get your orders in for the next run! Congratulations Andy!


The innovation program “Shochitake accelerator 2019” by Creww and Shochiku will be accepting open tender bids from June 10, 2019. They are looking for start-ups capable of co-creating next-generation new entertainment that enriches and entertains the minds of all generations.
The online selection process will enable Shochiku and start-up companies to find powerful collaboration opportunities under a simple and quick screening process towards the final goal from synergy confirmation to collaboration.

Shochiku’s mission is to deliver “dreams” and “inspiration” to as many people as possible through the provision of consistently high-quality films and theaters from the company’s foundation, always meeting the needs of the audience with new technologies. This builds on Shochiku’s 120 year history.

The purpose is to create new value that leads to the solution of issues for the whole society based on new values and service, and also to develop new markets through co-creation and to inherit and develop Japanese culture including kabuki. We aim to contribute.

For more information, please check out this press release (Japanese only):



A movement has started in Japan rallying against the strict dress codes that enforce women to wear high-heels in the workplace, called “Ku-Too”…


I’ve started a little travel blog recently. Here’s the first one, which follows my experiences at the recent Mirai Matsuri, which was put on by Shochiku:

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Finally a sunny day to be at the pool 😎 ☀️

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