Tom Cruise’s devastating critique of the moral bankruptcy of societies in which hats are worn sans horns is borne out in The Daily Yomiuri‘s crime stiuris. Today’s highlights include dramatic accounts of the deeds and denouement of
- 71-year-old pickpocket Onna Ginji. Named after Shitateya Ginji (Ginji the Tailor), leader of a large Meiji period gang, she was apparently disguised with a large mask and woolly hat when ‘she turned her eyes toward visitors’ bags. A police officer spotted her. “Here she comes,” he said.’
- Long-distance bicycle burglar, Masafumi Shimura (45), who posed as a landscape gardener in order to target wealthy farmers. If he was wearing the regulation helmet, then I think that we may be fairly certain that it was not the Valkyrie model.
My impression is that Western coverage of Japanese reaction to The Lost Pizza Pie has tended to focus on adulation of the hirsute dwarf instead of on the politics of it all. This disturbs me slightly, not so much because of continuing ultra-conservative terrorism, but because I think that The Last Ham to Die will come to be seen by the anti-globalisation mob in Japan and elsewhere as an allegory for events at the end of the war in the Pacific. I prefer stories like this or, for that matter, the story of veteran samurai soap star, Seizo Fukumoto, who plays Mr Cruise’s minder.
- Wellington vs Glasgow Rangers’ International Brigadiers, and the origins of “No pasarán” and “No surrender”
Nominations for the noblest British fighter in a Spanish war, and speculative revisions of the history of two idiot idioms.
- Dr No
- lost in translation
I’m slightly confused that Asian Media Watch is condemning Lost in Translation but supporting The Last Samurai in AA campaigning. Although the latter film is more explicit in its rejection of the present and embrace of the past, the positive use of Japan clichés (chanting monks, temples, flower twiddling) by the former makes it clear that …
- Generalitat de Catalunya: St George is Susanowo in Japanese
Yesterday the Catalan government mounted some kind of co-branding (brand leeching, if you prefer) spectacle with the Japanese ambassador to Spain, which seems to have been designed to encourage the local public to contribute money to Japanese reconstruction and the Japanese to empathise with Catalan nationalist aspirations. Much was made of the virtues of industry …