Kanazawa In Focus : City of Gold


Japan is the beating heart of my artistic and intellectual life. It began at the age of 12, and has only elevated in the intervening 20 years including my Printmaking studies at Tyler School Of Art. But for all that cinema, literature, language, cuisine and institutional learning have contributed to my growing understanding of Japan, one must eventually make contact with the source. I’d always hoped that the first time I set foot in Japan, it would be as an artist, which often felt like an obstacle. Thus, in the … Continue reading →

Japan News Roundup 11/22/2016


This week on Japan News Roundup, we find that the Pokemon GO craze is still GOing and causing problems, young Japanese aren’t ready to be adults by the newly planned age, Fukushima is cleared of it’s tsunami warning, and more.   The News Donald Trump Meets with Shinzo Abe President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, met for the first time with Abe being the first foreign leader to meet Trump in person after his election win. There were concerns leading up to the meeting in regards to organization of … Continue reading →

Visiting Kobe


If you have the opportunity, you should consider making a visit to Kobe. And not just because it is Philly’s sister city. While it may not be as well known as Tokyo or Kyoto, Kobe has a lot to offer visitors. There are both great seasonal attractions and have plenty of year round activities to enjoy. For outdoor lovers, Kobe offers an array of natural beauty. Mt. Rokko is a pleasant hike (or short bus ride) with spectacular views of the city below, as well as a botanical garden and other attractions. Springtime … Continue reading →

2017: Year of the Live-Action Anime Film?

Ryosuke Yamada - Edward Elric

With the newly released trailers for the live-action heavy-hitters of anime, Fullmetal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell, it’s an exciting time for fans of big screen adaptations of anime. Even for those who don’t normally branch off to the live action versions of their favorite anime, it is hard not to get curious as to how these two films stack up against their original animated forms.  In addition, another well-known anime that is no stranger to the big screen, Death Note, is getting another live-action film releasing in 2017 as well, … Continue reading →

Spirited Away 15th Anniversary Special Screening

Spirited Away

The Greater Philadelphia area is about to become more magical as one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films Spirited Away, celebrates its 15th anniversary with a nation-wide theater re-release.  On Sunday, December 4th the film will be shown with the English dub and on December 5th it will be presented in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.  Furthermore, after the film screening, the short film Ghiblies: Episode 2 will be screened for the first time in North America. For more information, you can go to the official website and you can purchase tickets … Continue reading →