Miyazaki & Murakami and more

 

Here I had no ties to anyone. Fact is, I’d come to reclaim myself

My favourite author, courtesy of my brother, is Haruki Murakami. During some work experience back in 2009, I asked my brother if I could borrow one of his books to read for when I wasn’t given work to do. I definitely spent more time during my week of work experience reading Dance, Dance, Dance by Murakami than doing work. I was completely transfixed by this book. I underlined by favourite quotes and wrote them in various notebooks (for what reason I don’t know..maybe to just remember them). I wanted to trade lives and be in this story and live in the Dolphion Hotel. This story is another example of trying to connect and feel like there’s more purpose to being here, at least that’s how this book made me feel. Since that summer of work expereinces, I have read many of his other works and have loved following each surreal and mysterious adventure.

Also thanks to my brother, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and fun Japanese movies. A few of my favourite are:

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Spirited Way

Princess Mononoke

From up on Poppy Hill

The Boy and The Beast

Wolf Children

King of Thorn

Summer Wars

If you haven’t delved into these cute, chimeric and heartfelt movies, you should. The fun thing about these kinds of movies is, unlike non-animated movies (save for CGI etc) there are no boundaries. People can transform into pigs or powerful whales, you can escape into different worlds and kingdoms where virtually anything can and does happen.

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“Boy and The Beast” Image courtesy of Pinterest