Kaze Tachinu “Wind is Rising”, Ghibli’s latest anime movie

I don’t watch anime movies very often, but when I do I just love them. I’m sure there are many studios out there, but one of the most beloved ones, both abroad and in Japan (especially in Japan) is Studio Ghibli. As soon as Studio Ghibli releases a movie, movie theaters get packed and discount tickets sell out quickly. A few days ago I went to one of my favorite cinemas, Wald9 (here’s an old post about my favorite movie theaters http://ameblo.jp/chappe-town/entry-11293511798.html), and watched their latest release: Kaze Tachinu, which translates as “Wind is Rising” or “The Wind Rises”.

Official poster. Studio Ghibli Copyright.

Official poster. Studio Ghibli Copyright.

This movie is based in between 1905-1940, a time in which Japan militarization reached its peak, Tokyo was struck by the disastrous Kanto earthquake and, well, as we all know, Japan joined World War II. I would say this is an unusual setting for a movie, but the war topic isn’t the main one.

As it’s usual in Ghibli movies, every background is very detailed. If you’ve read books or watched other movies based on the same period, you will notice how accurate the settings in the movie are. Nagoya station, the countryside, the big fire after the earthquake, everything looks very real and I’m sure most Japanese people would agree.

As for the story, well, it is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese engineer who became a very notorious character during WWII because of his plane designs. Of course, we’re talking about fighters, not regular planes. However, as I said before, they don’t really focus on the war ambitions on Japan, but just on Jiro’s personal ambitions and dreams of designing the most beautiful planes in history. Sadly, his most famous design, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter was the most advance air war-craft when it was first introduced.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, the best aircraft of its time.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, the best aircraft of its time.

It’s a hard time for Japan to talk anything about WWII. As you know, tensions among China, Korea and Japan have been a big issue this year, but, I honestly believe that this movie doesn’t really relate to the reasons why Japan joined the war or anything, but instead, shows a neutral point of view from people who didn’t start the war after all. It is worth watching and I won’t say much about the plot since I don’t want to spoil it for you guys!

Long time ago, I wrote a brief post about my experiences watching Ghibli movies. Check it out. Makes me feel nostalgic even though it was 7 months ago, hehe. http://ameblo.jp/okonomiyaki-chappe/entry-11450460966.html

Eduardo H.

Horrified Hello Kitty

Those of you who came to our Ryugakusei Town (Don’t miss the next one! ) already know that I have a thing for Japanese かわいい kawaii things although I don’t really have that many kawaii goods (I must confess my key-chain is an Asuka Hello Kitty one, though…).

Asuka Hello Kitty

Asuka Hello Kitty

So, a few days ago I was very glad when reading about yet another コラボ (corabo, a contraction that originates from the English word “collaboration”) of Hello Kitty and another characters. But this time the character is not another anime character; in fact, it’s not even a character, but Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s masterpiece, The Scream.

Hello Kitty meets The Scream

Hello Kitty meets The Scream

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get at least one post card and a clear file with this awesome venture image!

Hello Kitty really just keeps impressing me. I wonder what’s next? Whaling Hello Kitty?

Source: http://www.japantoday.com/category/arts-culture/view/kitty-chan-goes-artsy-in-unusual-merchandise-venture

Where to buy it? http://artartart.jp/ From July the 26th

Welcome to the world of Ryugakusei!

What’s your image of Japan?

Souvenirs in Tokushima prefecture

I am sure that sushi, anime, manga, Jpop, kawaii culture, bustling metropolis, crowded trains and more will pop into many of your minds.

But, have you ever wondered what is it like to come to this country as a university student? Not everything here is as crazy as it looks or maybe it is?

Before we get started, a self-introduction is mandatory! Since Ryugakusei Town has more than one writer, we’ll introduce ourselves taking turns.

Eduardo H.

Outside Nagoya Castle.

Eduardo outside Nagoya Castle

Hello everyone! My name is Eduardo Higginson and I am one of the writers here at Ryugakusei Town. I am currently a university student. I am originally from Lima, Peru and I’ve been living in Japan for 3 years so far.

I am a bit of a foodie, a bit of an otaku and a bit of a traveler. I like talking about food, whether it is Japanese, Korean or Mexican! Also discuss weird news, kawaii culture, university life, drinking, game centers and more.

The first Japanese thing in my life was a Game Boy with a Super Mario Land and Pokemon games. I am still in love in Nintendo, but not as much as I used to be. I do hit the game centers often, though.

My favorite cities in Japan are Tokyo and Nagoya. Tokyo is just so vast, full of dining, entertainment, concerts, trains and so on I can’t get enough of it. Nagoya is also a big city, but has wider roads, delicious regional food and an amazing castle, to name a few.

As cliche as it might be, my favorite Japanese dish is the quintessential sushi! I go to sushi train restaurants (回転寿司) once a week on average!

Please, comment my posts anytime! Every kind of reaction would be appreciated. See you soon!