The One about John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

“THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” is considered one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Directed by longtime and legendary Western director John Ford, the film would bring together two of Hollywood’s top film stars James Stewart and John Wayne. “THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” would become one of the last Western films to be shot in B&W and in Dec. 2007, the film was selected by the […]

The One about Satyajit Ray’s “The Music Room”

Poetic, visually mesmerizing and I would expect nothing less from one of the greatest auteurs of all time. Satyajit Ray. The Indian Bengali filmmaker was known for his non-traditional Indian films. Having directed 37 films in his lifetime, many which won multiple awards internationally and his contribution to cinema has earned him an Academy Honorary Award in 1991, his films are beloved by many and many have hoped to see […]

The One about “Terrace House Boys x Girls Next Door”

It was back in 2012 when “Terrace House”, a Japanese reality TV series aired on television. And as many people have been glued to Netflix watching “Terrace House: Aloha State” and “Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City”, a new series titled “Terrace House: Opening New Doors” will be debuting on Netflix Japan next month in Japan. But the “Terrace House” that I want to discuss is my favorite, […]

The One about Francesco Rosi’s “The Moment of Truth”

When it comes to daring films, one of the filmmakers to emerge from post-neorealist Italian cinema and literally shake the film industry was Francesco Rosi. Rosi was known to take on corruption in his films and in 1962, his film “Salvatore Giuliano” would earn him the “Silver Bear for Best Director” at the 12 Berlin International Festival and would continue to pursue controversial topics and subjects throughout his career, including […]

The One about discovering Japanese Music: Moumoon

In 2004, singer/songwriter YUKA and musician/composer Kousuke Masaki were introduced by a mutual friend. Eventually, the two appreciated each other’s music and in 2005, the two would form the rock unit, moumoon. The group based their name from the French world “mou” and the English word “moon” which literally translates to “soft moon”. Two words that would describe the two individuals of the group. YUKA who was born on Dec. […]

The One about my Interview with Misaki Iwasa (Wasamin)

AKB48 has dominated the Japanese music charts for numerous years and while many may recognize the main core members of the group, there is one former AKB48 member who has shined thanks to her talent of singing enka songs. Her name is Misaki Iwasa, known by her fans as “Wasamin” and was a 7th Generation AKB48 member who passed the audition for AKB48 back in 2008.   Iwasa was also […]

From U.S. Embassy of Tokyo: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Lan October 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Lan (currently situated east of the Philippines), could strengthen between Friday and Saturday as it passes east of the Philippines and Taiwan and may impact Japan this weekend.  The official forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center is that Typhoon Lan could reach super typhoon intensity by Friday — meaning its top winds will reach at least 150 mph.  Typhoon Lan could make a close brush with Okinawa over the […]

The One about Penelope Lagos’ book, “I Miss My Best Friend”

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to interview actress Penelope Lagos about a film that she starred in and also discuss her career as an actress and a model. In 2017, I am interviewing Penelope once again, but not as an actress or model, but this time as a writer. Penelope has written and published her first children’s book titled “I Miss My Best Friend”, featuring illustrations by Sophie […]