News Sushi #109: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

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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”!

How are you all doing? I hope you are doing well. The vaccine is coming, so hopefully, by this time next year, we’ll all be together again. As the song from last century says, “we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but we’ll meet on some sunny day”.

Now, I need to print a retraction to last week’s column, where I talked about the situation that the short film “Neon Boys” finds itself in. Last week, I wrote that the film had been pulled from all platforms, but in fact that wasn’t the case. I’ve since learned that it was pulled from some, not all platforms.

It’s still a very hard situation for an indie film from an indie production company to find itself in, so if you can – it’s still up on vimeo, so please check it out if you haven’t already. It’s a great film: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/neonboys

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Thanks to a new Japan-based podcast I’m following, I can share some photos of Japan under snow.

Twitter @TBeanpod

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MY SISTER TEAMS UP WITH POTTER TO CREATE EXHIBITION

Press release:

A Surry Hills ceramics and pottery instructor has joined forces with a Balmain-based visual artist to create a unique exhibition exploring Sydney’s waterways and the sense of belonging they offer to city and suburban dwellers.

“I wanted to make vessels to accompany Naomi’s oil paintings,” said Susan Hulland who teaches ceramics at the Pottery Shed in Nickson Street, Surry Hills. “My beginning was a blue water pot I made to carry water, a symbol for life. This blue pot pushed me forward in my creative endeavours and reminded me that I belonged and had a purpose as a maker.”

Naomi Downie said her paintings were produced during Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 when she’d found solace by waterways close to her home to observe and sketch daily as a means to find belonging and understanding of her new home environment.

“Despite the upheaval of the times in which they were produced, the works were created as an offering to others, to share the peace and increased mental health I’d found by the riverside’s many changing colours and light.
 

 
“My focus was drawn to Snapper Island, on the Parramatta River in Balmain, as a symbol of our shared need to isolate ourselves for safety but also seeing that the islands are still connected to the whole ecosystem.”

“Susan’s ceramics are the perfect complement to my work in colour and composition,” Ms Downie said. “They also convey the experience of water being held, carried and poured as a means of creating comfort and belonging through fellowship, holders of tears and containers of beauty.”

Ms Hulland said she had drawn strength from the collaboration in a challenging period.

“I see the tea cup as a vessel of connection and shared experience. Our exhibition is a celebration of friendship through difficult
times.”

Waterways and Belonging opens at Balmainspace Gallery on February 20, 5pm to 7pm with live music and speeches, and runs for three weeks.
Curator Robin Hill of https://breathingcolours.com.au/ has all the details. Opening catered by https://www.casualmondays.com.au/

To learn more, and possibly buy some of her work, please check this link out: https://breathingcolours.com.au/collections/naomi-downie
 

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THE 51 FUND’s DOCO “CUSP” TO DEBUT AT SUNDANCE

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From one Naomi to another, this is Naomi McDougall Jones, who started The 51 Fund to help fund female filmmakers, and their first documentary that they supported has made it into Sundance.
Congratulations Naomi!

Cusp is a documentary film that follows the lives of three teenage girls in a Texas military town as they confront the dark corners of
adolescence at the end of a fever dream summer.

Learn more here: https://www.cuspthefilm.com/

Sundance virtual screenings (available to view anywhere in the US!)

Saturday, January 30th at 6pmET and Monday, February 1st at 10am ET

Single film tickets are available for $15 and/or check out more great films with a day or festival pass!

Share the word about the very first chance to see this beautiful film and help us sell out those screenings!

Funnily enough, as I’m writing this, O&O “Dancing on the Floor” comes onto my iTunes shuffle! Which, for those of you playing along, Naomi’s brother is one half of the O&O duo. And also, coincidentally, a reimagined version of “Dancing on the Floor” is debuting very soon (or has already, depending on when you are reading this):

While you are Dancing on the Floor, you might want a Beer that isn’t a Beer (but a “Foaming Liquor” according to the product info) that is
flavoured Chocolate Mint…

Or you might be horrified by the concept. HOPPIN’GARAGE Adult Chocolate Mint Drink is now available to order from Amazon and other places.

HIROKI AND JASON – COMIC

For fans of the “My Brother’s Husband” comic, you might enjoy following the adventures of this international couple…

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HOT LINK OF THE WEEK

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And once again, it’s over for another week! See you again on some sunny day!

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「またきんようびね!」


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