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。…