The British Media and its Representation of the Japanese

Earlier this month I was involved with the fifth event in the Cardiff-Japanese Lecture Series, this time with Professor Perry Hinton (University of Warwick). This was an engaging webinar and had things that will be useful for my update to Japan: The Basics and my work on Visual Packaging Culture. There were even some bits…

“You Only Live Twice” – Bond Goes To Japan

Having recently read the original novel “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming, I decided to re-watch the film again. At one level, I probably didn’t need to as I’ve seen it so many times, having grown up watching it many times each year as it was one of the few films that we had…

Book Review: “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming

Recently I read “Jaws” by Peter Benchley for the first time as, despite the fact that “Jaws” is my favourite movie, I’d never read the book and thought that I should (despite the warnings from many that the book is nowhere near as good as the movie). It seemed appropriate then – though it wasn’t…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kagoshima

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kagoshima (鹿児島). I have been to Kagoshima many times, having first gone there in 1992 when I travelled around much of Japan (including all of the four main islands) on JR Passes. When I first went I didn’t like Kagoshima much, but…

My Top James Bond Movies

After my posts about top disaster movies and my top movies and TV shows, I thought, as James Bond featured twice in that latter list and I have done a number of posts related to James Bond, that I would rank all of the Bond movies. As with the previous lists, the ratings are just…

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….

“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…

A selection of Japanese Bond posters

Originally posted on Mid-Century Bond:
The appearance of James Bond in Japan coincided with a period when Japanese male stars had grown to dominate the movie business with an equal decline and disappearance of film actresses. Foreign films had long enjoyed a popularity in the territory, dating back to the 1920s. In 1932, Charlie Chaplin…

Atami and Teaching during COVID-19

Ever since COVID-19 became an issue, those of us at universities have had to make a number of adjustments to the way we work, particularly the way we teach. Much of my summer, rather than being spent on research as it would normally would be, has been spent thinking, planning and preparing teaching for the…

Contents Tourism – Himeji

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 am doing my third and final one (probably) related to You Only Live Twice (007は二度死ぬ). When thinking of Himeji and its castle, I suspect most people don’t immediately think…

Contents Tourism – Akime

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 on the tiny village of Akime. As I wrote in my ‘postcard’ on the International Journal of Contents Tourism site… If you have seen the James…