3/11 and Nippon Connection: A Different Look at the Catastrophe

  3/11 has had lingering aftereffects across all aspects of Japanese culture and society. That’s why there is a focus on documentary and fictional films that deal with the catastrophe of Fukushima. Here is a quick summary of all film premiers and events featured by Nippon Connection this year that focus on some aspect of the … Continue reading 3/11 and Nippon Connection: A Different Look at the Catastrophe

What’s to love about Studio Ghibli’s Films

The recently-announced production hiatus by Studio Ghibli will certainly lend a somewhat sad air to this year’s showing at Nippon Kids of the most recent (and, for now, final) feature-length production by the Japanese animation giant, When Marnie Was There (Erinnerungen An Marnie). In honor of this special event, here is a look back at the films from the Ghibli filmography with the best and most powerful lessons for kids. By Noah Franc Continue reading What’s to love about Studio Ghibli’s Films