Tour de la Pink 2008!

March 30, 2008

 


About 30 cyclists from the Tokyo Cycling Club met at Nakano station at 10am in the morning and begin an all-day ride. We first rode down a street under a canopy of cherry blossoms, a truly beautiful scene.

We next visited Koishikawa Korakuen park and from there went to the Imperial Palace and then Yasokuni Shrine.

 

PORCO ROSSO [1992] review

March 30, 2008

After watching PORCO ROSSO tonight, there are no Miyazaki movies left for me, save for his new one coming out this summer. What began with either PRINCESS MONONOKE or NAUSICAA quite a few years ago, has ended tonight with the fitting PORCO ROSSO. One last trip into the enchanted Miyazaki universe with its unparalleled animation and score. I just kept thinking, I’d take Miyazaki’s traditional 2D animation over any CG animation ever made, and no matter how good CG gets, I would still take Miyazaki’s animation over it any day.

PORCO is a simple story following the simple life of a pig-man that just happens to be the best pilot in Italy in the 1920′s. And he speaks Japanese, as do all the other characters, though all signs and labels are in Italian as well. There is quite a bit of mystery surrounding him that is only revealed to us seemingly in a whisper, but it is enough to make us like Porco and see why others do as well.

The ending may have been a little too ambiguous, either part of Miyazaki writing himself into a corner, or just wanting the mystery surrounding Porco’s fate too live on in the viewer’s imagination all the stronger.

I’d classify PORCO as one of Miyazaki’s more industrial, anti-war movies, in line with LAPUTA and HOWL’S. These are all great movies, but I prefer his overtly Nature worship movies like NAUSICAA (one of the few truly flawless films I’ve ever seen) and TOTORO.

My students: Last week of March 2008

March 27, 2008

 

Fukiko and Megumi study at the clinic in Akasaka-mitsuke and Chiaki studies alone at Ohisama House in Eda.

 

Full Moon Over Shinjuku Lights

March 27, 2008

 

The full moon over Shinjuku on March 22, 2008 as seen from my apartment’s balcony in Shinjuku, Tokyo. 

 

FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER [2007] review

March 26, 2008

not as good as the first FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER

Arakawa to Seaside Park Ride!

March 22, 2008

I finally, finally found an easy route to the Arakawa River! I rode it south to Tokyo Bay to the same area I rode to last week.

This time I went to SeaSide Park which was quite crowded with picnic-ers and even a marching band!

Shinjuku Sunset March 22 2008

March 22, 2008

 


A “fiery” sunset over the mountains out in Yamanashi prefecture as seen from my apartment’s balcony around 5:30pm.

Arakawa to SeaSide Park ride!!

March 22, 2008

Distance: 38.68 miles

Time in motion: 2 hours 59 minutes 50 seconds

Average speed: 12.9 mph

Max speed: 29.3 mph I finally, finally found an easy route to the Arakawa River! I rode it south to Tokyo Bay to the same area I rode to last week.

This time I went to SeaSide Park which was quite crowded with picnic-ers and even a marching band!

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