63 people came on Sunday - we even had to rent more chairs!!! - and afterwards we had a discussion about identity, education, language and the future of Japan.
A good weekend.
If anyone would like more information about the film, please contact me.
Here we are! A downtown screening of the documentary film HAFU - and yes....that person at the front speaking really bad, nervous Japanese is me...
About 50 people came to L Plaza, near Sapporo Station yesterday for the community screening of the film. Some Imagine students and NHK students came too. Thankyou!
I hope everyone enjoyed the film. I think it is not just a film for mixed-race or foreign people in Japan, but for ALL people because it looks at Japan with love and wonders what the future of this country and its society will be.
The film features 5 different people and their background and experiences as Hafu in Japan. For me, the most moving story is the woman who discovered as a teenager that she was half Korean, because her mother kept it a secret and warned her that marrying a Japanese man might be hard.
Some of them are members of a group called Mixed Roots in Kansai. A group to bring together people of diverse backgrounds.
Now a Mixed Roots Hokkaido group is being formed :-)
Today, Sunday, there is a 2nd screening and we will try to have a discussion session after the film.
It's a busy weekend for me - I only slept 3 hours last night! - but it is fun and good to bring together many people for a good project.
(Photo by Yoko Otake)
This weekend I am busy.
Today and tomorrow I am organizing two showings of the documentary film HAFU at L Plaza, near Sapporo Station.
About 3 years ago I saw on Facebook that friends of a friend were planning to make a movie about people who are mixed-race in Japan.
I thought it was an interesting idea and I donated Y10,000 to the filming project.
Then I waited for a theater in Sapporo to show the film. I went and talked to Theater Kino about the film. Gave them the information. Waited.
Then I heard that anyone can organize a Community Screening of the movie. Tokai University and Hokkaido International School held screenings. But I worried that only the foreign/HAFU community in Sapporo knew about these showings.I wanted more people to see it.
So, one day I went into L Plaza and reserved a large room and a projector. For two days in April.
I sent an e mail to the film distribution company in Tokyo.
Today and tomorrow...L Plaza at 3 pm.
I am a little busy!
I've never organised a film screening. Thanks to many supportive people in Sapporo and Tokyo I hope it will be a success.
* Tickets for both days have sold out.
If you come without a ticket we'll ask you to sit at the back of the room - the view/sound may not be good.
We are planning another screening in October.
First cherry blossom in Sapporo this year?
Yesterday in Tenjinyama Park I met a radio reporter and she was hunting for a flowering cherry tree.
We found it - against the walls of the guest house at the top of the park.
This place is sunny all day and against the wall is warm, so this is why the buds are opening quickly.
Next weekend is Easter.
It's a Christian festival, maybe the second in importance to Christmas.
Christians remember the death and rising-to-heaven of Jesus Christ. There are important church services.
But for non-practicing Christians (me) it is a celebration of spring festival and in England that means sending friends and family an Easter card and giving them chocolate in the shape of eggs, rabbits, chicks, flowers...some people hold egg hunts for children.
The Easter Bunny (rabbit) is a popular character.
In Japan it is not a popular festival, so usually I don't do anything. BUt this year UK friends have sent me Easter chocolates. And I am eating...and eating...
A very hard job.
Hours and hours of hard work.....
I joined other foreigners at Sapporo Beer Garden for the filming of a beer drinking and singing scene for a TV show!
That's me on stage in rehearsal with my microphone group - in the filming we were holding beer and singing "Biru no Machi Sapporo!".
All of this with Mayor Ueda and the song's composer, folk singer Yasuyo Yamaki! The audience were local bar owners and Yamaki-san's fan club members? I'm not sure - lots of nice polite ladies!
The TV show is called "笑顔になれる街 札幌”
and will be on BS Fuji on May 17th at 3 pm.
Mayor Ueda has a good voice!! I was surprised.
This job was a little strange - we were not paid for appearing, but we could drink our beer after filming and then enjoyed free lamb BBQ :-)
April 1st 1957 and the most famous, serious evening news program on the BBC had a report about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland....
In the 1950s many British people had never seen or eaten spaghetti, so the report was believed :-)
This is still one of the best ever April Fool jokes.
Yesterday in Britain The Sun newspaper had a big story...well, a big photograph, about gas exploration at Buckingham Palace...