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Enduring Charm of Hideko Takamine – (March 27, 1924 – December 28, 2010)

March 27th, 2021
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  • (Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa visiting Elvis.)

    Hideko Takamine was a Japanese actress who began as a child actress and maintained her fame in a career that spanned 50 years. She is particularly known for her collaborations with directors Mikio Naruse and Keisuke Kinoshita, with Twenty-Four Eyes (1954) and Floating Clouds (1955) being among her most noted films

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  • A child actress on the right was Takamine Hideko .


  • (Kayama Yuzo and Hideko Takamine in “Yearning directed by Mikio Naruse)

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    Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart

  • Takamine Hideko and Akutagawa Hiroshi in Mistress (film based on Ogai’s Wilde Geese)

    Ōgai’s most popular novel, Gan (1911–13; part translation: The Wild Goose), is the story of the undeclared love of a moneylender’s mistress for a medical student who passes by her house each day.

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    Takamine Hideko in Naruse masterpiece..
    (Wong Kar Wai was thinking of Naruse when he made In the Mood for Love.)

    Gesture and pose of cinema of M.Naruse

    Harvard Archive list of Naruse films

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    Summer Clouds, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Floating Clouds (3 film stills)

    Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021)

    March 7th, 2021
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  • (Michinoku)


    Focus art of Toko Shinoda

    Toko Shinoda wiki

  • Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021) was a Japanese artist working with sumi ink paintings and prints. Her art merged traditional calligraphy with modern abstract expressionism. A 1983 interview in Time magazine asserted “her trail-blazing accomplishments are analogous to Picasso’s”.[1] Shinoda’s works have been exhibited at the Hague National Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Art Museum, and other leading museums of the world.

  • See more from Artnet – Toko Shinoda

  • Shinoda Masahiro (retired filmmaker, husband of Shima Iwashita)is her cousin – (via Asahi )

    March 3, Happy Hinamatsuri – Girls Day in Japan 2021

    March 3rd, 2021
  • 37 Seconds Movie directed by Hikari

    A story of Cerebral Palsy and self-dicovery


  • (Moving Shinji Somai )
    Film review “Moving’ by Shinji Somai

    13-year-old Tomoko Tabata provides a great anchor for the film in her debut, as the narrative seems to follow her every whim. The plethora of feelings, behaviors, and psychological statues she depicts is the highlight of a naturalistic performance, which allowed her to begin a career in acting that continues until today.

    Kenzo Takada Fashion Designer, Portrait Painter Dies of Coronavirus

    October 4th, 2020
  • Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies of Coronavirus

    BBC obit


    (Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada posing during a photo session in his home in Paris on January 9, 2019. AFP)
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  • Self Portrait

  • The Professor and His Beloved Equation

    September 27th, 2020
  • The Professor and His Beloved Equation

  • Japanese director Takashi Koizumi

    Director Koizumi was the assistant director to the late Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa on five of his final major films: Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, Madadayo, and Rhapsody in August and was an uncredited assistant to the director on a sixth one Dersu Uzala. The Kurosawa connection to the Koizumi film continues. The cinematographer Shoji Ueda too was the cinematographer of five of those films, the actor Akira Terao (who plays the professor) was a lead actor in Ran and Madadayo, so too, actor Hisashi Ogawa (who plays the brief role of the housekeeper agent) is a stock Kurosawa actor. Even though Kurosawa had nothing to do with this film, his trusted collaborators were the principal contributors to The Professor and His Beloved Equation. Kurosawa would have been proud because the film apart from mathematics briefly introduces Japanese culture and the essentially Japanese Noh theatre to any uninitiated viewer as well.

  • BOOK REVIEW THE DIVING POOL
    Author of “The Housekeeper and the Professor”
    Yoko Ogawa (Previous Post)

    Keiko Kishi – Actress, Writer, UNESCO Ambassader

    August 11th, 2020

  • (Robert Mitchum and Keiko Kishi in Yakuza directed by Sydney Pollack)
    Keiko Kishi wiki (born August 11, 1932 in Yokohama, Japan)

    Keiko Kishi Live Talk Show will be on October 11, 2020

    Kishi Keiko is an actress, writer, UNESCO Ambassader and a recipient of legion d’honneur from the French gov’t. She was in “Early Spring” directed by Ozu with Ryo Ikebe. Masaki Kobayashi directed Kishi in 3 films, Inheritance,I will Buy You, Kwaidan, she co-starred again with Ryo Ikebe in “Snow Country.”
    She made more than four films with Ichikawa Kon, including “Sasame Yuki – Makioka Sisters” “Younger Brother” … Sydney Pollack directed her in Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Takakura Ken.

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    Ryo Ikebe and Keiko Kishi in “Snow Country”

    Author of Snow Countray Kawabata Yasunari was at her wedding when she married Yves Ciampi in Paris.

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    Makioka Sisters

    Sasame Yuki -(Makioka Sisters – adapted from a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki)

    Kon Ichikawa

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    (Kishi Keiko with Mishima and Jean Cocteau)


  • (Early Spring – Kishi Keiko and Ryo Ikebe – directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Inheritance MUBI – Masaki Kobayashi


  • (Keiko Kishi with Jean Cocteau – 1960)
    From Kishi’s autobiography “Ma Vie A La Carte”, Kishi wrote that as a teenager she saw Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” 5 times, never imagined that she would in 10 0r 12 years later be directed by Cocteau for his last play at the theater. (Shadow Picture – the Wife of Wet Coat).
    (Unable to find any information about this production).

  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa Master of Fear -Cure, Tokyo Sonata

    July 19th, 2020
  • Happy birthday Kiyoshi Kurosawa!

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Letterboxed

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa (born July 19, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.

    “Cure” is in this list, Best Japanese film every year – BFI

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    Interview Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Tahar Rahim (Film Comment)

  • Photos of Michiko Kon – Mistress of the Dark

    May 11th, 2020
  • Surreal photos by Michiko Kon

  • More photos (Pinterest)


  • (Self Portrait)

    Japan Times -Arts, Mistress of the dark

    Some of Kon’s recent work has been created in Mexico and it’s not difficult to see a correspondence between their macabre festivity and the visual traditions of the Day of the Dead festivities. In a pointed departure from her usual depiction of imaginary and/or inanimate, objects, Kon appears in a self-portrait with her face made up as a skull. She cradles a doll in her lap with one hand, while holding on to the brim of her sombrero with the other, as though it might blow away in the wind. It’s an odd mix of poised calculation and kitschy tourist snapshot that doesn’t fit comfortably with the main body of her work.

    Akira Kurosawa – Red Beard

    March 23rd, 2020

  • Red Beard, Mifune played a good doctor.
    The last time Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa worked together. The film took one year to make.

  • Akira Kurosawa left us 20 years ago, on Sept 6, 1998.Here is a great bio site..http://akirakurosawa.info/biography-part-1

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Wednesday, September 5, 2018


  • (Throne of Blood)

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    Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )

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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

    Ikko Narahara – A Master Photographer died at 88

    February 3rd, 2020
  • RIP Ikko Narahara (Mainichi JP)

    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Ikko Narahara, an internationally renowned photographer widely viewed as a precursor of photographic expression in postwar Japan, has died of heart failure at a nursing facility in Tokyo, his family said Monday. He was 88.

  • Ikko Narahara 31 Best


  • (Roller-Skating Rink, Colorado 1972)
    via MoMa

    See more Ikko Narahara – Photos from a Master of Photography blog here.


  • (Two Garbage Cans)

    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, Women film Pioneer Project, Columbia Edu


  • 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)

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

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi