idk if this is common knowledge but takeshi is a big celebrity in japan and does all sorts of tv shows, light entertainment etc as well as the hard boiled flicks. remember that channel 4 program takeshi's castle featuring people doing silly things in a silly setting? same takeshiAll the beat Takeshi films are good, he had a good run. Sonatine my fav of his. That woman.
Anyone read that LRB article about the ghosts after the tsunami? I got it as a photocopy zine off a guy who told me it's the best thing he's ever read. It's not that, but it is good. Why are there no ghosts anymore?
Obviously there's a whole genre of documentaries which focus on this quality of the Japanese psyche/society. 90 year old sushi master strives for perfection.
exactly this. in fact that's why i never tried a year there myself.I was in Tokyo for a year in total doing teaching, spread out over a few different trips but I never spiked my hair or got tattoos. It does attract weird people, which gets compounded by the social pressure to become at least a bit Japanese to survive long-term.