Hamish Downie’s News Sushi #117: Morsels of News From Japan and Beyond

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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”!

Hello everyone, I’m writing this to you from another lockdown, during Golden Week. What a year this has been! Are you holding up OK? Here’s
some news items to get you though another week. Keep well everyone.

First, it seems that Japan is catching up to the idea of the Pink Dollar. I’m hoping that this is a good thing.

WLW friendly Airism ad by Uniqlo
 


 
I hesitate to share the second, but the image is so lovely. So, be assured that while I endorse the sentiment, I don’t in any shape or form endorse the company.

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Here’s another picture of the happy family:

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But, as a good little journalist, I should also share the following:
 


 
Love is Love, but a Multi-Level Marketing company by any other name is still a Pyramid Scam, and you and your money should run a million miles away from it or anything like it.
 

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Did you watch the Oscars this week? Me neither. But, while the Oscars were playing on TV, some Folk Filmmakers decided to challenge themselves to make films during the broadcast. Here’s Dan Lotz’ “Pure Cinema”:
 


 
Let us know what you think!

Are you needing something to help relax? Try this ASMR with Rebecca
 


 
She’s my co-host for the “Fizz Popcast Half Hour Variety Show” podcast, which has just started it’s second season.

Also, if you are looking for new music, Rebecca recommends 後山直大

A lovely Japanese indie singer/songwriter.

https://soundcloud.com/naohiro-ushiroyama
 

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Back to families again…

In a press conference organized in Taipei, Taiwan on 21 April, #GagaOOLala unveiled Asia’s first gay parenting series, #PAPAandDADDY, available for streaming worldwide, beginning 23 April.

Supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the six-episode gay family comedy about the joys and challenges of being gay parents, is written
and directed by Nancy Chen and stars Malaysian Chinese actor and singer Melvin Sia (謝佳見) and Taiwanese actor Mike Lin (林輝瑝).

The production marks their first time taking on the role of gay characters on screen.

At the press conference, Melvin Sia declared, “I am highly honored to have had the chance to take on the role of Damian and have done my level best to rightfully portray his character. While much of the world is gradually becoming accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, it is clear that Asia is largely lacking behind. With #PAPAandDADDY and #GagaOOLala, I genuinely believe we can reach out to a larger online audience and ultimately, amplify the message of love and acceptance, diversity, and equality for all, regardless of one’s sexual orientation.”

https://www.gagaoolala.com/en/videos/2069/papa-and-daddy-2021-s01e01
 


 
(click CC for English Subtitles)
 


 
Speaking of music… I’d like to introduce…

Byron St John

His first solo venture “The Lost Boys” is Byron St. John’s labour of love. A dark-disco, dream-pop odyssey exploring melancholia, passion, obsession and destruction through 80s drum machines, analogue synths and guitars.
 


 

Elan Rie has a Poem for us about where East and West meet:

Says Elan, “I wrote this poem about what it means to me to be a mixed-race person. I was inspired to write it after I saw a tweet last year referring to some deeply bigoted comments about how Japan and the West “don’t mix”

The tweet in question: “(CW: racism) “The Japanese cannot be assimilated. Once a Japanese, always a Japanese. Our mixed marriages — failures all — prove this. ‘East is East, and West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meet.’ Oil and water do not mix.” – Miller Freeman, businessman & anti-Japanese bigot.” link:

And as someone born from that oil and water, I just couldn’t let that slide And especially seeing the recent increase in anti-Asian sentiments and hate crimes, I wanted to do something about it. I’ve included a couple resources here for ways to increase awareness and help out)”

https://stopaapihate.org/

https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/
 


 
Finally, a heartbreakingly beautiful little film, SLOW. Says the director, Dom Colucci, “‘If time goes fast when you’re having fun, what about the opposite?’ I made this film a view years ago, touching on themes of grief and loss. Keep an eye out for subtle slow moving details!”
 


 
HOT LINK OF THE WEEK

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Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

「またきんようびね!」


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