Sunday, August 30, 2020

More rakugo related material

 I now have four more entries related to rakugo. What I am doing is reading and watching the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju / Descending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju series and taking notes. I told the folks at the Anime World Order podcast that I would concentrate on this series for awhile since they expressed interest in reviewing the series.

If you are interested you can watch it on Crunchyroll, a link to the North America page is here. Be sure to start with the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju part as Descending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is the second season.

OK on with the entries:

futatsume 二つ目

tenugui (hand or tea towel) 手拭い

Yotarō 与太郎

zenza 前座

Sunday, August 9, 2020

More Sunset

I have added the second and third of the three Always Sunset on the Third Street movies. 

The whole set takes us through about seven years of the lives of the characters in the neighborhood from 1958 - 1964. The show is bracketed by two events in Tokyo history, the construction of Tokyo Tower and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The occupation years

I now have a recommendation for Out of This World. The cast includes: Hagiwara Masato, Matsuoka Shunsuke, Murakami Jun, Odagiri Jō, Peter Mullan, and Shea Whigham. Set between the surrender of Japan and the outbreak of the Korean War this tale of Jazz and social conditions is one I greatly enjoyed and hope others will too.