News Sushi #77: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #76 And we (Hamish) keep serving the best 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 (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!

I’m writing to you minus one wisdom tooth. I’ve got a tissue in my mouth… hopefully it will heal soon. That said, it was better than five years ago.

This past week I’ve watched a couple of films, first “Boyhood”, on Amazon Prime:

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Which reminds me a lot of the 7 Up series from England. Not the drink… the documentary.

“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” About the UP series: Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.

“Boyhood” reminds me of the later films, where they take you right the way through a person’s life. While “Boyhood” focused on a boy from age 6 to 18, it really shows his whole family. It’s such a pure and beautiful movie. I was so moved by the film.

Next, I saw, “Rocketman” – which really does a fine job at humanising Elton John, which if you’ve watched his documentary, “Tantrums and Tiaras” is not an easy thing to do.

You can see some of it here:

The nice thing that Rocketman does is allow you to focus on the incredible music and the amazing talents of Elton and Bernie. It is a bit of a view through rose colored glasses, which is to be expected when the Husband is a producer. But, it’s still a fantastic movie.

Okay, here’s what you came for…

Japanese business offers customized detergent, soap for body odor

Hina Matsuri festival in Wakayama

From the video: In Japan, people believe that items we use daily – from pots and pans, to dolls and decorations – have souls. In Wakayama, special dolls used during Girl’s Day celebrations are cleansed in a fiery ritual and thanked for their hard-work.

A Letter to My Ex the queer black love-filled musical!

in A Letter to My Ex, the musical, Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the year following a breakup.

Next showing in DC AREA

Hot Link of the Week – Mr Gay Japan 2018

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【夏もそろそろ終わり】 こんにちは。 今年の夏はどんな思い出が出来ましたか? 花火大会やBBQやビーチでキラキラした夏を過ごしても そういう人たちの輪に入れずに、ボケーっと過ごしても 自分の「夏」が他の人より劣っていることなんてないと思います。 怪我や病気もなく安全に過ごせたらそれでオッケー! 秋の始まりは元気な心で迎えましょう♬ ちなみに僕は今年も誰からも誘われず、海にもBBQにも花火大会にも行きませんでした(;´д`)(ちーん) 【End of Summer in Japan】 Summer in Japan is ending soon. Fireworks, festivals, BBQ, beaches…etc What summer memories did you make this year? As long as you are safe and well, that’s what’s important 🙂 #mrgayjapan #summer #summermemory #fireworks #bbq #beaches #summerinjapan #ミスターゲイジャパン #夏 #日本の夏 #花火 #バーベキュー #海 #ビーチ #夏の思い出

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