“People in order”

More interesting than statistics? The real people behind them.

Here are three videos showing people “in order” — the first is 48 couples in order of the length of their relationship. The second is 100 people in order of age. The third is 73 households in order of income. I would really like to see a student create something like this to show the world more of Japan.

If you love animals…

The Dodo is a website “for animal people”. If you love animals, you’ll find videos in three different categories: pets, farm animals, and wild animals.

Here’s the video I saw on Twitter yesterday that made me want to visit the site:

And speaking of shelter dogs, there’s a TV show on in the US called “Downward Dog”. Here’s the trailer. We can’t watch the series on the ABC site over here because of annoying international rights agreements, but maybe it’ll show up on Netflix Japan or Hulu Japan, if you’re using either of those to stream TV and movies.

Combining movies & food

Two of my favorite things are movies and food/cooking. The 2014 film “Chef” (Japanese title: シェフ : 三ツ星フードトラック始めました is one such movie about food and cooking (and other things) that I enjoyed and it made me want to make hot sandwiches. Here are a few videos to watch (and whet your appetite):

“Chef” movie trailer:

How to make the cubano sandwiches:

How to make the bread (this guy has an odd sing-song voice, and the habit of saying “We’re going to go ahead and …” but the instructions are easy to follow).

Discussion and writing questions / projects:

  • What movies about food and/or cooking have you seen and enjoyed (for example, “Tampopo” and “Ratatouille” (Japanese title: レミのおいしいレストラン), and here’s how to make ratatouille from the same site as the cubanos above:

  • Do you prefer hot or cold sandwiches? What are your favorite ingredients?
  • The director of “Chef” is Jon Favreau. He also directed the Iron Man series. Who are some of your favorite movie directors? Have they tried very different genres like Mr. Favreau? Do they often use the same actors in their movies?
  • Do you think the movie title シェフ alone would be enough? Does it need the 三ツ星フードトラック始めました」explainer? Why do you think Japanese titles are often more detailed than the originals?
  • The movie “Chef” is, in part, about a man who changes jobs when he’s not happy/satisfied. This seems to be more common in today’s Japan. Do you think it’s a positive trend?
  • Try making a “how-to” video of your favorite recipe. Or, write a recipe and add plenty of photos to show us how to make it.
  • Do you think making your own bread (or any other homemade food) is worth the time and effort?
  • Do you prefer how-to videos that show the person’s face?
  • Tattoos (like the guy in the first how-to video) are not as uncommon in Japan these days. Do you have one? Would you get one?

Humans vs. AI

A Japanese insurance company replacing workers with AI was in the news a week or so ago:

“Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI” (from BBC)

And then there’s the hotel in Kyushu (within the Huis Ten Bosch theme park) where 90% of the workers are robots:

These stories reminded me of one man’s quest to fight automated advertisement e-mails. I don’t recommend dealing with your frustrations the same way, but he sure is funny: