This short film has just about everything about Japanese culture in one cute story: “yuru-kyara” mascots, seemingly fragile yet quite strong old ladies, very funny inefficiences within an efficient society, conformity, earthquakes, elevator girls, technology, traditional bento shops, modern shopping malls, very helpful people (or at least they’re trying to be) working together to overcome difficulties.
Today is 7/10 — which can be read as “natto” so it has become natto day, one of the “faux-lidays” Japan is so famous for.
What’s your favorite way to eat natto?
What other “faux-lidays” do you know about?
This funny video imagines a future where A.I. robots are so human-like that they feel anxiety and need to go to therapy. Their “parents'” generation cured cancer and refroze the arctic. But this generation of bots suffers from growing up with too much privelege: they’re wealthy and educated but bored.
“Without any real purpose, they’ve gravitated towards fields like art and … deejaying.”
Pause the video at 1’30 and you can see the titles of the books, like “100 Years of Brexit Negotiations” and “The Rise and Rise of Lindsay Lohan”.
This short film reminds me a little of the royal wedding that was all over the news on Saturday.
We’re talking about movies in some classes this week. If you really want to challenge yourself, try making your own short film. Even famous directors are shooting films on their phones these days.