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'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman': An interview with creator Pierre Földes

Japanese author Murakami Haruki has had an incredible impact on literature internationally. Now, film maker Pierre Földes is releasing 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman', an impressively unique animated exploration of some of Murakami's work, using his own style of 'live animation' in a film featuring everything from winter trips to Hokkaido to giant talking frogs. We spoke to him to learn more about his work, inspiration and connection to Japan.

Ghostwire: Tokyo - the real life references behind the hit game

One of this year’s most exciting virtual experiences, Ghostwire: Tokyo, transportied us all to the atmospheric streets of rain-soaked Tokyo. But the game is more than just next generation renderings of Tokyo’s iconic skylines - it’s a tour through some specifically (often spooky) parts of real-life Japanese culture, covering everything from yokai demons, vermillion torii gates and age-old forms of esoteric prayer.

Bullet Train BTS: 6 interesting Japan facts behind the blockbuster movie

By now you're probably aware of 2022's big summer blockbuster zipping onto cinema screens all over the UK from August 3rd. While the star-studded film is storming UK cinemas, we thought we'd help you wow your friends with film trivia and take you through some BTS facts, the book the film was based on and the tidbits of Japanese culture scattered throughout the Bullet Train's 2 hour and 30 minute runtime!

Postcards from Japan: Turning anime passion into a living with Shao Dow

Like a lot of us, Shao Dow’s fervent love for anime and manga was what hooked him to Japan and ever since the days of Pokémon, he has not looked back! From making anime-inspired music to creating his own manga series, Shao has done more than just dip his toes into Japanese pop culture and he is nowhere near finished! Join us for this interview as Shao takes us on a wild tour through his inspirations, creative process and all he has in store for the future.



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