Tetsuya Noguchi

It’s been out for a bit, but in case you missed it, the latest episode of Toco Toco TV profiles the highly detailed samurai sculptures of artist Tetsuya Noguchi. The episode also includes a trip to Tokyu Hands (one of Noguchi’s favorite spots), and man did that make me miss having access to Tokyu Hands — when I lived in both Ikebukuro and Shibuya, I always had access to a giant branch.

Miss Hokusai

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It was a pretty great movie watching weekend for me, as I also watched the fantastic Miss Hokusai. I’d been meaning to watch it for quite a while, and I don’t quite know why it took me so long. Beautifully animated, it revolves around the daughter of uber famous Japanese artist Hokusai — she was an accomplished artist as well. It mixes a bit of fantasy with the reality of the setting, in a way that helps accentuate some of the emotional beats nicely. Really enjoyed it.