Yesterday I bought a Japanese flag at Don Quiote in Odori.
Together with the British flag I always have at Imagine, it will become my Olympic support kit when I fly to UK next week.
If I see a Japanese athlete I will show the Japanese flag, and for British athletes the Union Jack.
Yesterday afternoon student Satoko gave me valuable fashion advice about how to WEAR the flags as a front/back dress!
That is one great idea. I'm also thinking of sewing the flags together and having a two-sided flag to wave.
Here in the calm of Sapporo it seems a very strange thing to be doing. But I am sure, that once I am in London and near the Olympic sites many people will be in costume and with flags.
So, please look out for me on TV!!! I will be shouting my support for both sides as both countries are in my heart (and I actually know more about the Japanese athletes from TV etc, than UK competitors...).
Yesterday, we met again to work on the editing of the English subtitles for the Fukushima documentary Ordinary Lives.
Nearly....finished. We did 4 intense hours of work and now all the speaking in the film is in English. Most of the onscreen captions/titles are also in English.
Here are the film makers Michiyo and Taizo Yoshida - outside their home in Sapporo.
Many thanks again to the Imagine students and friends who took part in this volunteer project, I saw the first of the film with English subtitles - and it looks great!
Uniting words and film is happening now and there are plans for a Sapporo showing of the English version in fall.
And yes, we decided that the film title should change: in Japanese it is 普通の生活, and until now it was called "Ordinary Life". However, we felt "Ordinary Lives" is a better reflection of the content. It is , after all, a series of interviews and scenes of many lives of the people of Fukushima.
Please come and see the film soon.
YES! That was me in the Hokkaido Shimbun tonight...standing in Imagine waving the Union Jack flag and talking about how happy I am to be going back to London for the Olympics.
...and then I came home and found that my tickets have arrived from the Pia Ticket Agency!!!
It is really happening!!!! I am really going :-)