Hamish Downie’s News Sushi #123: Morsels of News From Japan and Beyond Template

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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, welcome back to News Sushi! Did you have a good Easter holiday? Japan has been getting into Easter recently. The chocolate part at least. It makes sense on the part of the chocolate company, as it gives them something to promote post-White Day. I had a day off, so I watched the service at the Balmain Uniting Church in Sydney over zoom.

The big day which is coming up in Japan is Children’s Day/ Boys Day, which is celebrated by hanging up these carp kites. It is the jewel in the crown of Golden Week, our pre-summer week-long holiday. I’m very much looking forward to mine because I’m exhausted.

Next month, I have a speaking engagement coming up where I will talk about my favorite Golden Age movies, and just like high school and university, I’ve been leaving writing the speech to the last minute. I’ve written an outline, and I plan to start with a movie everyone in Japan knows, like “Roman Holiday” and then use that as a jumping off point for a flow chart of films. It was directed by William Wyler, so I can talk about his wonderful films and collaboration with Bette Davis. I can also talk about Audrey Hepburn, and her rise to fame. Then, there’s Gregory Peck, who made classics like “Spellbound”, “Gentleman’s Agreement” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. And then, I can use those films to jump off into a new set of related films. It’s endless. Which is what is making it so hard to find a direction.


Now, I’ve really got something special to share.

Exclusive First Look “Matcha & Vanilla” Deleted Scene

Cutting this scene was heartbreaking. I didn’t realize this when watching DVD extras. Usually, I can see why something was cut, or am left wondering why it was left out of the movie. In this case, the studio felt that it was unrealistic for Yuki and Ai to have so many non-Japanese friends (even though Japanese cities are somewhat multicultural). During the Great Pause, I was thinking of turning this sequence into its own film, and shooting it all over zoom. But, I think I waited too long, and now there’s zoom fatigue. But, I want the world to see Adam J Yeend’s amazing performance, and here it is, presented semi-raw, and in HD.


Alex Kerr’s The Secret of Things

Today, we have something special from Alex Kerr, who is looking at two jars of coins from a shipwreck in Southeast Asia.

Chris Watt is in The Mire with Apple Park Films

Scottish writer and all round nice guy, Chris Watt, who penned upcoming feature film “The Mire”, has some great (now on sale) perks on the crowdfunder for the aforementioned film. Including a script consultancy with Chris himself, and a monologue written by Chris.

The following monologue “BARB” was written by Chris Watt – and I’ve ordered a new one, inspired by Xanadu and Home Loans!


Keith’s poetry book is out!

Please check out his interview one more time: https://tggeeks.com/blog/2022/03/25/hamish-downies-five-questions-with-keith-levesque/

Food made with Paper

This instagram is adorable, and some of the creations really look like actual food!

Q(WE)R — International Queer Culture Festival

Shai Ohayon (The Container) and Isabelle Olivier (Coil Inc.) are delighted to announce the launch of the Q(WE)R International Queer Culture Festival, which features movies, music, talks, art and more! Based in Tokyo.

Check out the full programme here: https://mcusercontent.com/c288f58a61b1153e3e859d510/files/00dac114-1cf2-4f3a-83ef-577ed20b0d6d/Q_WE_R_pr_programme.pdf


If you remember my interview with Dr. Lee Campbell in 5 Questions, he has a new performance coming up at the end of next month. Check out the details here:


And, we finish off with our Hot Link of the Week. Hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by and look forward to seeing you again!

RIP the oldest person in the world, Kane Tanaka, who died in Japan at 119 this week


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