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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Sally

That blow-up fish is a hoot. Lee Anne sounds like fun - did you go to karaoke!?!?! The Korean okonomiyaki looks SO good! You are showing us so many sides of Japan, and all of them make me want to visit.

May

oh my goodness.. how do you not get indigestion?

Maryland electric signs

This is great, and I don't think you can compare Dotonbori to Times Square... Times Square is an extremely polished and commercialized space, everything there has to be ultra-modern and to the minute, and Osaka's neon signs seem more like nostalgic hold-overs. It reminds me a bit of Treasure Town from the animated film, Tekkon Kinkreet, have you ever seen it?

Suvir Saran

I guess Times Square is more contemporary in design.
Not all of Times Square has that look though.

Never seen the film Tekkon Kinkreet. Will have to find it. What is it about?

proterozoic

Tekkon Kinkreet... oh, how do I even describe it... It's an anime about two street orphans with ninja powers who live in a fictional city that's an amalgam of Chinese, Indian, Thai and Japanese cultures. The art is fairly stylized but incredibly well-rendered.

It's one of the most visually beautiful films I've ever seen, with every frame full of little details and vignettes. It's like taking a trip to the most colorful, ramshackle and quirky 3rd-world town on Earth.

The story can get pretty violent and weird, but if you can take it, you're in for one of the most original movies of recent years.

P.S. Food is awesome.

Suvir Saran

Sounds wonderful. I will have to get it and watch it. Thanks for bringing it to my notice.
Thanks also for visiting the blog.
Did you see some of the other blog posts around our visit to Japan?
What a great culture and country. Amazing food to say the least.

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