Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

| Oct 8, 2013

Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

by Roland Kelts

If you haven’t lived in Japan, it’s hard to appreciate just how beloved are anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki and his creative hub, Studio Ghibli. Annual surveys of Japanese consumers often find that Ghibli is their favorite domestic brand, ahead of stalwarts such as Toyota ...

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

| Sep 10, 2013

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

by Roland Kelts

The husband-and-wife creative team known as UrumaDelvi has been cranking out quirky, quasi-psychedelic illustrations, animated shorts and music videos for over 20 years. They met in design school in 1988. Deciding that their married surname, Kobayashi, was too common in Japan to be memorable, ...

The 'Sunny' side of Taiyo Matsumoto

Jun 18, 2013

The 'Sunny' side of Taiyo Matsumoto

by Anne Ishii

The Toronto Comics Arts Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has of late made its name bringing over cutting-edge Japanese artists for signings, live drawing sessions and speaking events. The atmosphere at this year’s event, held in May, in many ways like ...

Tokyo Disneyland turns 30!

Apr 12, 2013

Tokyo Disneyland turns 30!

by Kaori Shoji

Tokyo Disneyland (or “TDL” as it’s known to the Japanese) turns 30 on April 15, but like George Clooney, or heck, even the famed Mouse himself, age hasn’t withered it a bit. TDL means different things to the Japanese, but if you sift through ...

Pop tourism gains traction

| Apr 10, 2013

Pop tourism gains traction

by Roland Kelts

Pre-flight shopping at Narita airport a couple of weeks ago, I passed a mannequin sporting a light-blue necktie and a turquoise wig with pig tails dangling down to its mini skirt. The vision spoke volumes: It was Hatsune Miku, of course, Japan’s holographic, animated ...