Posts Tagged ‘Spirited Away’

Hiyao Miyazaki and Spirited Away

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Hiyao Miyazaki, one of my favourite filmmakers, is the Japanese director of the animated movies Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke and Totoro. Of all his films these three are favourite, probably because they are the most Japanese in their aesthetic. And of these three, I have the most affinity with Spirited Away.

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The Stink Spirit

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Japan has had to endure far more than its share of natural and human disasters and far too much of the lethal wreckage they bring with them—as if one disaster alone wouldn’t be too much. Watching the deeply horrifying tsunami footage, I kept remembering images from Hiyao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in which characters repeatedly face horrifying dark tides of filthy detritus that overwhelm everything in their path.

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Tetsu Teahouse in Japan, by Terunobu Fujimori

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Minimalism and fantasy, together. The interior of this teahouse is simple and modern, while the fantastical exterior looks like something from a Hiyao Miyazaki film. The interior view of the sliding wooden doors or shutters is just beautiful. The building is a Japanese teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori, who represented Japan at the Venice Biennale, in Yamanashi Prefecture.

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