Walking On Air: A Trip to Sweden

Today PG Roxette released their latest (second) single, ‘Walking on Air’, and this seemed a good opportunity for me to reflect further on my recent trip to Sweden. For those who don’t know, PG Roxette is an evolution of Roxette, with Helena Josefsson taking on the primary role of the female vocals, replacing Marie Fredriksson…

Favourite Photos: Doai Station

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Doai station in 2011. The main reason for my visits to Doai stems from Contents Tourism connected to my research about the JL123 crash and the novel/dramatization…

Favourite Photos: Godzilla in Shinjuku

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Shinjuku, Tokyo, in 2018. I was in Japan for a conference related to Contents Tourism – which would ultimately lead to my chapters Contents Tourism in Plane…

Favourite Photos: Where’s Chrissie?

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 2017. As I have written in the post Contents Tourism – Jaws/Martha’s Vineyard, the main reason to go to Martha’s Vineyard was due to…

WAGASHI  – Confectionery from Kyoto and Beyond

Yesterday I was involved in an event at the Japanese Embassy in London – on the theme of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). This was the first in-person lecture to be held at the Embassy since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. It was also the first one ever to be done by the Embassy with a…

WAGASHI  – Confectionery from Kyoto and Beyond

Just a short post today to highlight that I will be involved in an event at the Japanese Embassy in London – and via livestream – on Tuesday 30 November. There will be a lecture and discussion on the theme of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). The event will begin with a lecture by Mihoko Morisaki, visiting…

“No Time To Die”, but Time to Kill Off the Bond Franchise

At the weekend I finally got to see the latest James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”. In many ways, like so many of my generation (at least in the UK), I have grown up alongside 007 movies. I have posted before about how I used to watch “You Only Live Twice” and “The Man…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 500 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 3, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 500 series. As I mentioned before in relation to the 800 series, all of my top 4 appeared on the front cover of my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (one from each of the 4 JR…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Hello Kitty

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done one post (these are not in any…

Lucky Photography – New York

I’ve now done a few posts where I have referred to ‘lucky photography‘ – those times when I was primarily doing something else and just happened to be in the right place at the right time to get at least one interesting photo. This post is about a completely different type of luck, as it…

コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機

「コンテンツツーリズム メディアを横断するコンテンツと越境するファンダム」にある「 コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機」のタイトルがある章が出版されました。(My chapter ‘Kontentsu Tsuurizumu In Purein Saito – Seichi Toshite Koukuuki‘ has been published in the book Kontentsu Tsuurizumu – Media-o Oudan Suru Kontentsu to Ekkyou suru Fandamu edited by Takayoshi Yamamura and Philip Seaton has been published.) コンテンツツーリズムは、第一義的に、ポピュラーカルチャーのファンが、相当ポピュラーカルチャーの特定の要素と結びついた場所に旅する行為を指す。これは、シートンら(Seaton et al. 2017: 3)によって示されたコンテンツツーリズムの定義の核となる部分である。本書ではこの定義がアップデートされてはいるが、本書に含まれる章の大部分はこれまでの考え方同様、目的地における活動に焦点を当てている(なお、ビートンによる13章は目的地における活動以外の可能性を指摘する、数少ない章の一つである)。本章の狙いは、コンテンツツーリズムにおける「目的地」についての考え方が、過度に限定的にならないようにすることにある。さらに本章では、消費者、ファン、ツーリスト、そして―少なくとも表面的には、コンテンツツーリズム活動から利益を得ようとしているように見える―事業者、商業活動、といった本体・要素間の線引き(区分)についても問題提起を行なう。具体的には、本章では航空機との関連でコンテンツツーリズムを検討してい論じみたい。  原文タイトルはContents Tourism in Plane Sight. “In plain sight”は英語で「わかりやすく、よく見える状態で」といった意味。これと本章で扱う対象の”Plane”(航空機)、”Plane sight” 「航空機を見ること、航空機の見所・名所」をかけた洒落になっている。…

Book Review and Re-blog: “The Last Resort” by Susi Holliday

One of the joys of reading many books is being able to escape your own reality and be somewhere else. Although you may not want to be with the protagonists and what they are going through, it is, at least, nice to be somewhere different. This is exactly how I felt about “The Last Resort”…