Hamish Downie’s News Sushi # 139: 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”!


Season’s Greetings everyone! How’s everyone’s holidays going? I hope they are going well.

Let’s ask ourselves that timely question: what are you grateful for in the past year?

I’m grateful I got to make my short film, “The Last Anomaly” and it was put into four festivals. I’m grateful I have a lovely partner, and I’m grateful to still have a job that pays the bills. This year was my 10th work anniversary, and I was happy to get a small gift from the company. I’m grateful to Ben and Keith for this website championing independent creatives like myself. I’m grateful that I’m finally getting over my bout of long covid. I’m excited but nervous for what the next year will bring.


Shizuka Anderson, who I interviewed about her role in The Benza this year, challenges herself to cook Osechi Ryori, the traditional Japanese New Year cuisine.

Here’s my interview with her: https://tggeeks.com/blog/2022/04/15/hamish-downies-five-questions-with-shizuka-anderson/

The life of a Buddhist nun living at a remote mountain temple is full of blessings, where she uses the bounty of her garden to prepare vegetarian cuisine for visitors.

Watch the NHK World documentary here: https://youtu.be/VN_hmi9gBgA

“Aussie in Japan” takes us on a POV ride around what he calls the best cycling routes in Japan:

Just because it’s about to be the Year of the Rabbit, here’s a video taking you to the famous Rabbit Island in Japan:

My friend Towa has a new Original Song on her channel, and it has very Seattle Grunge 90s vibes. I hope you enjoy it:

Here’s to the Year of the Rabbit:

I hope you have a wonderful New Years, and a glorious trip around the sun in 2023.

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