Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Looking down the famous Takeshita fashion street in Harajuku.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Wako Building in Ginza is always a stunner. It was one of the locations Godzilla destroyed when he went on his first rampage in 1954.

Not in Ginza, but here is a look at the still new(ish) Skytree in Asakusa. The weather has been clear for the most part and oddly mild for winter, so there have been some nice views of the tower. I’ve never been up to the observation decks but I think there is a Star Wars exhibition going on there now in conjunction with Episode VII.

Thought the snake wrapping around the building was quite nifty!

Ginza Street was all decked out for Christmas with lighted trees lining the avenue.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Back to Kyoto (京都・オン・マイ・マインド)

I had the privilege of giving an invited lecture at the Kyoto International Manga Museum on the influence of manga artists on early Japanese video games.

For this I travelled back to Kyoto for a few days. I reunited with host mother from the Stanford Overseas Studies Program some ten years ago. 

While the city was positively overrun with holiday tourists it was still great to walk around the old sites. I also made a trip out to Ritsumeikan University to visit the fine folks at their Center for Game Studies.

I’m now in Tokyo for a few weeks before heading back to Vancouver.


Always nice to be back in Kyoto!

The Kyoto International Manga Museum (京都国際マンガミュージアム) building as seen from the outside. I never even knew this place existed (shame on me!), but they had a nice exhibit on the early roots of manga in the Edo period as well as a featured gallery of artwork from various seinen manga for adult men.

The Phoenix (火の鳥) from Tezuka Osamu’s manga of the same name watches over the entrance to the Manga Museum.

Here’s the poster for our mini-symposium The Hidden Layer: Video Games as Indebted to Comics. My talk was titled “8-bit Manga? The Unlikely Friendship Between Manga, Anime and Video Games,” but they went for a much more generic title in Japanese.

Then I headed off to Tokyo. I always enjoy riding the bullet trains and the yummy o-bento you can buy for the journey.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Back in Japan! (ただ今)

I’m back in Japan for a short research trip this December and looking to posting some fun pictures and stories. Here is a shot of Mt. Fuji taken from the bullet train on the way to Kyoto.

More to come!