Friday, March 25, 2011
Ame Ni Mo Makezu
My brother-in-law, Matt Wagner over at Hellion Gallery , put up this video of Watanabe Ken ("Letters From Iwo Jima" and "The Last Samurai" for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) reading Ame Ni Mo Makezu (Strong Against the Rain) which I found both simple and powerful. It's a poem that expresses the Japanese "gambare" spirit well, I think (there are subtitles accompanying the video). Matt is putting on a show next month in Nakameguro, part of the proceeds of which will be donated to Japan Red Cross or Peace Winds Japan--click over to his site and scroll down to see an *amazing* piece by Blaine Fontana that will be in the show.
(The drawing in the medallion in the center of the blog header, in case you were wondering, is a stylized drawing from a photo of Cici on Christmas morning in her undershirt wearing a holster and holding toy six-shooters from Grandpa. Has to have exactly what her brothers have...)
At the store yesterday, I ran into a friend. We stood talking about how we both thought the hoarding of bottled water was both unwarranted and silly for this area, not to mention the negative impact it will likely have on the Tohoku prefectures. She, upon noticing me glance at her bag (only one--in the usual small-amount-daily style of shopping), took out the spinach lying on top and said she bought it on purpose. Just because people were overreacting--and because there's no reason at this point to avoid it. The detected levels just don't warrant the hysteria (though the NHK announcers, to be sure, are anything but hysterical...). Less than a banana. I-san, you *rock*. Eat that spinach with a big glass of tap water!