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Sugalabo

Simon and Martina, with the help of the very-talented Dan, have made an outstanding video about a chef in Tokyo, who has an incredible respect and interest in local ingredients and regional cultures.

I’d love to know how they got to join him in Ehime. Just start watching and see what you think. Would you want to try dinner at Sugalabo? I wonder how much that costs.

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Tokyo Chorus

ozu tokyo chorus

In 1931 Ozu made Tokyo Chorus, a silent movie about a salary man who promises his son a bicycle when he gets his bonus. From the early school scenes we see the hero has a problem with authority and can be a troublemaker.

Anticipating the father’s bonus all is sunny at home. However, the hero speaks up for an older colleague who was unjustly fired and winds up losing his job at an insurance agency. He doesn’t know how to break this to his family, life is changing and hard times lie ahead. (Remember the downside to life long employment is it’s awfully hard to find a job as a mid-level professional. There are no openings.) He tries to satisfy his son with a scooter, but it doesn’t satisfy. The other kids have bikes and the son, who gets very bratty in a very realistic way, won’t accept anything less.

The film shows the man trying to find work, but without luck. Then his daughter gets ill and has to go to the hospital. It’s sad when we see how he had to pay the hospital bill. Throughout the film his wife is long suffering. She’s a serious woman who’s married a man who often can’t control himself. At times he unwittingly humiliates her, but she never gets angry. She seems to understand that won’t help and believe that endurance is the key to survival.

The film captures the humiliation of unemployment, for the ex-worker and those around him so truly.

The film is well paced and kept my interest. It’s further evidence that silent films can say more than many talkies. Often the characters speak, but we don’t get cards saying what was said. That’s okay because we can infer the dialog and in that way the film is universal. The actors, particularly the hero, who’s played by  Okada, Tokihiko is very likable and expressive. According to imdb.com, he died a couple years after making this film. It’s a shame because he could have had a long career.

Share Your World: Week 30

Here are the four Share Your World questions for this week.    I hope you have some fun playing along.  It sure is fun learning about all of us.

  1. You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
  2. If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?
  3. If you could be a student of any university in the world right now, where would you enroll?  Irregardless of which university assume they teach what you want to study.
  4. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose?

See my answers below.

Even though I oftentimes will add photos to my answers, it is not a requirement to participate in Share your World.

NOTE:  Click link to easily find Other Share Your World Week blog entries.

I will be putting out four different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create a  Share Your World  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World” tag.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

I will state the questions first and then post my answers in the bottom part of my blog.

  1. You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself? Since they’re supposed to all be fascinating, of course, I’d go. I think I’d learn a lot and while it might be awkward at first, I’d soon find a group to chat with.
  2. If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select? Apple’s the first one that comes to mind. I’m not sure why.
  3. If you could be a student of any university in the world right now, where would you enroll?  Irregardless of which university assume they teach what you want to study. While there are lots of great universities in the U.S. I’ve gone that route. I’d be happy to go to Sophia University in Tokyo. That’s my dream school to work for and as a student, I could take advantage of their courses on Asian culture taught in English. I wouldn’t mind doing a Semester at Sea program either, but I really don’t want to be aboard a boat with so many 20 somethings.
  4. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose? The Louvre to commune with all the art.

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