Remembering the Great Hanshin Earthquake

Today (17 January) is the anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake – also known as the Hanshin Awaji Daishinsai (Great Earthquake) or Kobe earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災). On that day I was in Sheffield, in the first year of doing my PhD – but it could have been very different. A little over 24 months earlier,…

Au Revoir to Renault – Personal Driving Experiences

I would never describe myself as a ‘petrol head’. I used to like watching F1, I still enjoy watching the Word Endurance Championship – particularly Le Mans, and TV series like BBC’s Top Gear and Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, but that’s largely where my interest in cars stops. A car is largely to get…

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Remembering

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – also known as ‘3/11’. Unsurprisingly, this anniversary has led to many events, news stories and articles about the event – both reflections on what happened on 11 March 2011, the lessons that can be learnt, and also those about what the…

Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – often referred to as 3/11 – there are many articles and webinars discussing the events themselves and also the legacy and lessons learnt. I attended two webinars last week on this topic, and may write a separate post about this,…

“Kibō-no-Kuni (Land of Hope)” – Radiation Disaster Movie

In the next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, I am writing about Kibō-no-Kuni (希望の国) (Sion Sono, 2012), known as Land of Hope in English. As with The Chain Reaction this story is primarily a disaster movie about radiation, but while The Chain Reaction…

“The Impossible” – Brilliant Disaster Movie

In the next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, I am writing about The Impossible (J.A. Bayona, 2012). This movie tells the story of one family that got caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami…

“One-no-Kanata-ni” (“Beyond The Ridge”) – Linking 3/11 and JL123

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about One-no-Kanatani (尾根のかなたに), translated into English “Beyond the Ridge”, but also known as “Inseparable Souls: Fathers, Sons, and The Crash of JAL123”. This TV drama is the third story, after Climber’s High and Shizumanu…

“Itai: Asu-e no Tokakan (Reunion)” – Post 3/11 Disaster Movie

In my previous post, I discussed the only movie in my study for the article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” that contained all 17 conventions that appear in disaster movies. This post goes to the other end of the scale to discuss the movie Itai: Asu-e no Tokakan (遺体 明日への十日間) (Ryoichi Kimizuka, 2012) (translated…