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Kinuyo Tanaka Legendary Actress/Filmmaker & Her Travels

November 29th, 2019
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    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi , Tanaka Kinuyo as Oharu.. she was his muse.


    (Toshiro Mifune and Kinuyo Tanaka in Wedding Ring)

    Dragnet Girl
    Ozu’s silent film.

    More Photos of Kinuyo Tanaka

    Kinuyo Tanaka Fragility and Resilience


  • The Life of Oharu, Mifune Toshiro and Kinuyo Tanaka directed by Mizoguchi

  • Isamu Noguchi, Saburo Hasegawa & Yoshiko Yamaguchi

    November 6th, 2019
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    Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa: A Friendship Nearly Lost to Art History

    Even decades after Saburo Hasegawa’s death, the artist and designer Isamu Noguchi would describe his friendship with Hasegawa as an “everlasting conversation.”

    <> <>How Noguchi SF Story Transformed Asian art & culture


    Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi and YoshikoYamaguchi at Uransenke Konnichi-an estate,Kyoto, c. 1952

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    Tea Ceremony At Eames house

    Drinking Tea Tom Sachs (see many photos, including Isamu Noguchi, Charlie Chaplin tea ceremony photo).

  • Noguchi went to the Camp to help (New Yorker)

  • Noguchi Garden
    Isamu Noguchi previous post (See his Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi

    Kaoru Yachigusa – (January 6, 1931 – October 24, 2019)

    October 28th, 2019

    Kaoru Yachigusa passed away

    Kaoru Yachigusa, actress in “Samurai, The Legend of Musashi,” dies


    (Yachigusa Kaoru and Toshiro Mifune in Samurai, The Legend of Musashi”)

    She was a member of Takarazuka Revue

    Yachigusa, who started her career in the all-women Takarazuka Revue, gained popularity through her role as Otsu in the 1954 film, known as “Miyamoto Musashi” in Japan, which featured Toshiro Mifune as the swordsman Musashi. The film won the Honorary Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars in 1956.
    She appeared in a number of other films, including Japanese-Italian musical “Madame Butterfly” and “Yukiguni.”


  • (Mariko Kaga and Kaoru Yachigusa in With Beauty and Sorrow based on Kawabata Yasunari. )

    Kaoru Yachigusa was in “Yukiguni” with Kishi Keiko see previous post on Kawabata Yasunari

  • The Passing of Mono-ha Artist Nobuo Sekine at 76 -May 18, 2019

    May 18th, 2019
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    Artsy Obit

    Nobuo Sekine (1942–2019)
    Conceptual artist Nobuo Sekine—whose ephemeral, site-specific sculptural and installation works were associated with Mono-ha (the School of Things), the postwar Japanese art movement active in the late 1960s to the mid ’70s—died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was seventy-six years old.(Artforum Obit)

    (Historical Photographs)


    (Phase of Nothingness – Cloth and Stones)


  • Nobuo Sekine and his Phase of Nothingness (1969) installed at the Japanese Pavilion, 35th Venice Biennale, 1970. Photo by Yoriko Kushigemachi. © Nobuo Sekine.

  • Sayonara, the Passing of Int’l Actress Kyo Machiko at 95

    May 14th, 2019

  • (Kyo Machiko in Floating Weeds directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Kyodo news obit

    Machiko Kyo, internationally acclaimed Japanese actress, dies at 95

    Kyo Machiko (wiki)

    Kyō continued to act through her 80’s. Her final role was as “Matsuura Shino” in the NHK television drama series Haregi Koko Ichiban in 2000. In 2017 she was presented with an award of merit at the 40th Japanese Academy Awards.[1] After retiring from film, she moved back to Osaka, where she resided until her death.
    Kyō never married, although her romantic relationship with Daiei’s president Masaichi Nagata was well-publicized in her native country.
    Kyō died from heart failure on May 12, 2019. She was 95


    (Kyo Machiko with Marlon and Glenn Ford from the Tea House of the August Moon)

    Her sole role in a non-Japanese film was as the young geisha Lotus Blossom from The Teahouse of the August Moon opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)


  • (Rashomon – Kurosawa, cinematography by Miyagawa)


  • (The Face of Another, Kyo Machiko directed by Teshigahara)

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    Kenji Mizoguchi and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

  • Hinamatsuri, Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3, 2019

    March 3rd, 2019
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    The Dolls – (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

  • RIP Donald Keene – Enigmatic, Eminent Scholar of Japanese Literature

    February 24th, 2019
  • Japanese Literature Scholar, Translater Donald Keene died at 96.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
    Mishima (his final performance)

  • His autobiography is an excellent read.. what an amazing life.

    Keene Observation Donald Keene (On his 84th birthday)

  • Donald Keene

  • Interesting review of his book by Colin Marshall.. Donald Keene on Familiar Terms.

  • Enigmatic Emperor Emperor Meiji

    Fabulous Japanese Actress, Kiki Kirin – Moved On at 75

    September 16th, 2018
  • Kiki Kirin

    Josh Parmer posted on FB a sad and shocking news that Kiki Kirin (樹木 希林) passed away. (See a great photo of Kiki there)

    May your body rest and your soul soar Kiki Kirin. You have been one of my favorite actresses since I first saw you back in Still Walking.

    Japan times Obit

  • Interview with Kiki
    Kiki Kirin’s response here.

    Regarding the afterlife, there is the Buddhist idea of rebirth. Right now, my soul is in this body and this body is Kirin Kiki. After this body is used up and death comes around, that soul and spirit moves on and reappears. I don’t see death as an end.

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    Kiki with Nagase (Previous post)

  • Koreeda and Kiki (Shoplifters won Palme’dor at Cannes – 2018)

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Akira Fuse Amazing Talent, Not a Footnote to Olivia Hussey’s Autobiography

    August 24th, 2018

  • (Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey and Akira Fuse)


  • Olivia Hussey and Fuse Akira

    Olivia Hussey in Japan

  • Building Bloc -積木の部屋 (積木の部屋 / 布施明)

  • Flamenco guitar and hear him singing (Youtube)

  • My way in Japanese.

  • 1)Cyclamen Fuse’s early hit song.

    2)
    Playing Oboe..
    Cyclamen his early hit.

  • Fuse’s interpretation of Aznavour song in Japanese

  • Doukoku


  • (An elegant calligraphic note is a poem written by Fuse Akira)

    Fuse Akira’s Novel: Daddy

  • Happy birthday Leonard Berstein!

  • Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter for Kurosawa, Kobayashi Dies at 100

    July 20th, 2018
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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

    Obit – shinobu-hashimoto-dies-at-100

    Screenwriter for Rashomon dies – (deadline)

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    (Samurai Rebellion directed by Kobayashi, screenwriting by Hashimoto)

    Mainichi obit

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    via Gojira fan

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    See youtube here ..

    Tomoo Gokita – Peekaboo Exhibition in Tokyo – to June 24, 2018

    May 26th, 2018
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    How to Marry a Millionaire – (2015 Acrylic by Tomoo Gokita)

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    Chloe Sevigny, Kazumi Hayashi, Lily Ludlow, and Tomoo Gokita)

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    Tomoo Gokita “PEEKABOO” exhibition opening and after party at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

    On view until June 24th, 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 3 Chome-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
    Tomoo Gokita Mary Boon Gallery

    Artnet

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    Bathing Beauty Sculptures

    Hirokazu Kore-eda, The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018

    May 19th, 2018
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    The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or.

    Japan Times – Kore eda, Master of Humanism

    Winners at Cannes here.

    Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

    Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

    Special Palme d’Or: “The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

    Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Akya”

    Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

    Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

    Best Screenplay (tie): Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” & Nader Saeivar, “Three Faces”

    Camera d’Or: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Short Film Palme d’Or: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

    Queer Palm (Feature): “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Queer Palm (Short): “The Orphan,” Carolina Markowicz

  • Kore eda Films from previous posts.
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    Still Walking

    Nobody KnowsNobody Knows
    Film Quiz + Nobody Knows + Cities & Neglected Children

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Kiki, Kore eda, Nagase etc