Nippon Connection 2022- The Daily Highlights (May 25th)

It’s Day Two of the Returned and Improved Nippon Connection! Here are today’s highlights:

Special Events/Workshops:

Lecture: Soy Sauce- All-Rounder of Japanese Cuisine

This lecture will focus on the complex production of this seemingly simple sauce that has found endless uses in the dishes from both Japan and elsewhere. Language will be Japanese with German translation and is free to attend.

Online Lecture: How Do Children Live in Japan?

Dr. Susanne Schieble, President of the German-Japanese Society Hanover Chado-Kai, will provide a German-language online lecture exploring whether the lives of children in Japan is really so different from here in Europe. Entry to the Webinar is free.

Suntory Masterclass

Daniel Schöll, Brand Ambassador, will offer a look at the types of brewing done by his company, one of the most important distilling companies in Japan. The workshop will be in German and ticket purchase is required beforehand.

Nippon Heimkino

The ever-popular Heimkino returns as a live event! Join Jörg Buttgereit and film scholar Marcus Stiglegger as they explore the history of Japanese monster cinema. The event will be in German and ticket purchase is required beforehand.

Film Premieres:

A Balance by Yujiro HARUMOTO: Mousonturm, 1:45 p.m.

This afternoon is our first screening of this complex and moving morality tale.

They Say Nothing Stays The Same by Joe ODAGIRI: Eldorado, 2:30 p.m.

A reflective piece on the nature of change, set at the beginning of Japanese industrialization.

Tokyo University of the Arts: Animation Shorts: Naxoshalle, 2:45 p.m.

The collection of animated shorts, courtesy of Tokyo University, is always a highlight of each festival!

Any Crybabies Around? By Takuma SATO: Mousonturm, 5:15 p.m.

Our first showing of SATO’s latest, award-winning feature will be the film’s German premiere.

Angry Son by Kasho IIZUKA: Naxoshalle, 7:30 p.m.

This film about family background and the backage it brings celebrates its international premiere.

Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? By Takahiro HORIE: Mousonturm, 7:30 p.m.

This unique spin on the story of a woman grappling with her husband’s infidelity has its European premiere.

Nippon Shorts I: Swords, Guns & Thrills: Mal Seh’n, 9:30

As always Nippon Connection includes a collection of some of the best that short filmmaking from Japan has to offer!

Meet the Guests:

I Go Gaga: Welcome Home, Mom by Naoko NOBUTOMO

The director will be in virtual attendance for a Q&A following the international premiere of his latest, personal documentary work.

Salaryman by Allegra Pacheco

The German premiere of this unique glimpse into Japanese work culture will be attended by the film’s director.

-Noah Franc

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