“252 Seizonsha Ari” – Dramatic Japanese Disaster Movie

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about 252 Seizonsha Ari (252生存者あり) (Nobuo Mizuta, 2008), known as 252: There Are Survivors or 252: Signs of Life in English. A summary of the movie on IMDb is as follows: A massive earthquake…

“The Last Message Umizaru” – Japanese Disaster Movie

It was thanks to to the research for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” that I came across the Umizaru TV series and collection of movies. Of these, it was only the third movie The Last Message: Umizaru (THE LAST MESSAGE 海猿) (Eiichiro Hasumi, 2010) (that made it into the final study….

My 47th Prefecture: Toyama

Following my post about the Hokuriku Shinkansen, this post is all about Toyama (富山). The title of this post refers not to where I would rank Toyama amongst the 47 prefectures of Japan, but rather that it was the 47th one that I visited. That visit happened in 2004, 15 years after my first visit…

Researching Japan – My busiest trip

I have been visiting Japan since 1989, going there at least once in all but two years since my first visit. To date (May 2020), there have been 45 trips and the majority of these have been for research. As well as keeping notes from the observations and interviews and taking photos during these trips,…