Then I went to watch this sad new movie, Osaka Elegi, about a
girl and the city which I almost never had any time to venture into,
with its neon lights and modern music and the Kansai accent that I found
hilarious. But, I could not understand the ending.
After that, I had the sense that Osaka would surpass anything, if left
to its own devices. The new subway line from Umeda was in the movie, and
I mentioned it in a letter to Tsukagoshi in Tachikawa. And he replied,
“I hope to join you soon.”
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These guys make the best radio controlled "scale flying" events, which in 2016 involved the Mitsubishi Ki-15 "Kamikaze-go" that was privately owned by Asahi Shimbun in 1937.
The 1985 TV drama is a bit silly, but then so was a lot of TV back then.
These scenes, however, are really beautiful, filmed with a model airplane, set to the music by Brahms.
美貌なれ昭和 (Bibonare Showa) means something like "The Beautiful Showa" and the dramatization included segments about the female Japanese violinist, Nejiko Suwa, who was studying and performing in Europe during the 1930s until 1945. Enjoy.
Now, if seeing that makes you want to make a balsa wood model of the Ki-15, there are the drawings and lots of helpful advice, from Mike Stuart in the UK!
When I arrived to these shores, I
had almost no idea about anime or manga.
This is where I learn my pottery, in Hibita, east of Tokorozawa.
And, when was Totoro set? 1958?
It is a major push for environmental education. Where? Tokorozawa.
This is one forest you can visit from Tokyo.
In April of 1990, with the objective of
preserving the lush nature of Sayama Hills to future generations, the
National Trust of Totoro no Furusato was born. Due to the efforts of 5
initial contributors, including film director Hayao Miyazaki, a large
amount of donations were received from all across Japan.
Sayama Hills is known as the inspiration of Mr.Hayao Miyazaki’s
animation masterpiece, “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)”.
The Trust Fund was named in its honor.
From one of the great Ghibli movies, how about it.
Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese
animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was
the very first film animated by Studio Ghibli and was animated for
Tokuma Shoten. It follows the adventures of a young boy and girl
attempting to keep a magic crystal from a group of military agents,
while searching for a legendary floating castle.
While Japan has a lot of (small or medium-size) airplane museums, see Paul Thompson's excellent website, J-HangarSpace, I think this is the only one dedicated to a single pilot.
This is Iinuma Masaaki's birthplace, in what is now Azumino, Nagano Prefecture.
A wonderful old farm house located a short walk from the station, with the Japanese Alps as the backdrop. Not far from Matsumoto, it is worth the trip if you are interested in aviation history.
The exhibits are mostly a collection of items from The Asahi Shimbun, that sponsored his famous flight to London in April 1937. As you all probably know by now, he was a civilian pilot employed by the newspaper, setting records to Beijing and Taipei even before that famous event. The photo above shows his real Pilot's Licence from 1941.
The light wasn't the best, but here is a map he and his navigator, Tsu…