CULTURE

No34 [Book] Akira Kurosawa seen from inside

Script writer for Rashamon and Seven Samurai among other classics, Shinobu Hashimoto recalls his days working with one of the most celebrated Japanese directors. At 97 years old, Shinobu Hashimoto’s memory is still excellent – which is a boon for those who interview him. Scriptwriter for Aki[...]

No34 [Book] Post-mortem of a worldwide success

One of the most characteristic works of Japanese art is undoubtedly Kanagawa Oki no namiura (under the wave off Kanagawa), better known today as The Great wave off Kanagawa. This woodblock print was produced in the 1830s by Katsushika Hokusai, a great print master, and over time it has come to symbo[...]

No34 [Exhibition] Manga at the British museum

The museum is welcoming three of the finest mangaka. An opportunity to highlight the importance of this form of expression. From a European perspective, Japanese culture has for a long time been seen as the reflection of an ancient, sophisticated and spiritual tradition. This might explain in part w[...]

No32 [Manga] Tokyo Ghoul, a nice surprise

Ishida Sui’s first published work is a success. It particularly critiques our prejudices and our rejection of what is different. Promoted as part of the zombie manga genre, Tokyo Ghoul portrays a type of monster that isn’t quite one of of the living dead: a ghoul. This creature comes fro[...]

No32 [DVD] More of Oda’s winning formula

The mangaka has supervised the making of One Piece Z. The result reflects his involvement. As they are sailing towards the New World, Luffy and his crew save a mysterious person from drowning. He hides behind sunglasses, sports a mechanical arm, and is only referred to as “Z”. The man is in fact[...]

No31 [DVD] Harlock turns 45 and he’s doing fine

This film adaptation of the cult series created in 1969 proves to be a great success – despite some imperfections. First created in 1969 as a manga, the animated version of Space Pirate Captain Harlock arrived in Europe soon after it first discovered Japanese animation. However, in contrast to[...]

No31 [Book] Welcome to my place

Photographer Kawamoto Shiori invites you to immerse yourself in the world of otaku in this must-read book. In the past, the iconic group known to the world as “otaku” used to be portrayed – particularly in Japan – as an antisocial bunch of nerdy guys sporting flannel shirts, dirty hair and s[...]

No30 [Movie] a very well crafted work

            With The Little House, Yamada Yoji has at last received international recognition. Several veterans of Japan’s old studio system, which began to fade away in the early 1960s with the advent of television, are still working. The 83-year-old Yamada Yoji, ho[...]

No25 [Train] 50 years at high speed

The shinkansen celebrates its fiftieth birthday this year. It is a technological success that has found its place in society. October 1964 will remain a historical benchmark for many Japanese citizens. In addition to the Tokyo Olympic Games that allowed the country to regain acceptance worldwide jus[...]

No24 [Anime] Are you ready to be controlled Sybil?

Psycho-Pass is an animation series produced by Production I. g. and distributed across Japan between 2012 and 2013. It is dystopian science fiction that also borrows from the thriller/ crime genre. The story is set set in the 22nd century, in a futuristic Japan under the control of the sybil system:[...]