Turning (over) Japanese

I have to confess, after watching Storyville: Tokyo Girls, recently, I was left feeling a little queasy. Middle aged men – Otaku – dedicating their lives to following teenage girls, their idols, and pursuing their fantasies with handshakes at events organized solely for that purpose, made my flesh crawl, to be honest. The documentary was screened as part of the current Japanese season, on the Beeb.

I don’t know an awful lot about Japan or Japanese culture, although I am a big fan of Yayoi Kusama. 87, and still going strong. Making art, everyday, for 70+ years.
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And since tucking into helpings of ‘The Art of Japanese Life’, I’m beginning to appreciate the work of Katsushika Hokusai. There’s a way to go yet, though.

I have a distant cousin who is an animator. He spends a lot of time in Japan. Perhaps that’s what inspired him to make this short film about ‘Our Little Plastic Friend’?