It’s The Journey, Not The Ending, That Counts

I have been planning on writing this post for a while now, but hadn’t found the right time to do so. A few things came together over the last week which meant that the time seems right. As noted in a number of posts – for example, most recently Being Prepared For An Accident –…

Fandomentals Podcast – Star Wars

I recently took part in an episode of the excellent Fandomentals Podcast series to talk about Star Wars. The host, Harley Mumford, did an amazing job editing down interviews from 19 guests into a comprehensive and coherent episode. In the episode the following topics are discussed; What was your introduction to Star Wars?, What has…

My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

Book Review: “Christopher Lee – Tall, Dark and Gruesome”

Tall, Dark and Gruesome is an auto-biography written by Christopher Lee. Although I had some awareness of Lee’s role as Dracula, it was his role as Scramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun that I associate him with. This is a film that I had recorded as a child and…

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。…

Contents Tourism – Star Wars Planes

As it is May 4th today, and an opportunity to discuss Star Wars (May The Fourth Be With You – May the Force be with You), in the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing…

The Daigo Fukuryū Maru Exhibition Hall

In the next of my series of posts about memorialisation sites I have visited, I’m writing about my visit to the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (第五福龍丸) Exhibition Hall. I visited the site on 18 July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino…

Contents Tourism in Plane Sight available now

Contents tourism primarily involves fans travelling to places related to a particular element of popular culture of which they are a fan. That is the core of the definition presented by Seaton et al. (2017: 3). Whilst this volume presents a modified definition, the focus of the majority of the chapters contained within it are…