So last Sunday I caught a screening of the film ‘A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story’ which is showing as part of the Japanese Film Festival – Sydney and Parramatta.
It was a beautifully-shot, light-hearted drama set during Japan’s Edo Period, about a talented young cook named Haru who processes an extraordinary palette for flavours. Impressed by her talent she is convinced by the famous chef Dennai to marry his son Yasunobu, the heir of the Funkai family, a prestigious family of Samuriai chefs that serve the Kaga domain. The film centres on how Haru teaches her husband, who is very disinterested in being a chef – the joys of cooking and the skills of creating fine cuisine.
Overall, I had a great experience at the Japanese Film Festival at Events Cinema George St. as they showed the film in one of the larger screens. I also was surprised by the diversity of the crowd present – It wasn’t just the Otaku crowd you would come to expect, but many younger and older people people coming from different cultural backgrounds, coming as groups and also with their families.
I enjoyed my time so much at the Festival that I plan on going again tonight to watch ‘Tokyo Tribe’, a film about Tokyo’s underbelly set as a rap battle. Interesting, VERY IN-TERESTING…
The Japanese Film Festival is currently running in Sydney and Parramatta from 13 – 23 November, so you might wanna hurry to catch a screening before it’s gone.
$18 – Adult
$15 – Concession
$75 – 5 film pass
$13.50 – Group Booking (10+)
If you would like more info about the festival, please visit their website at japanesefilmfestival.net
Yay!! So yesterday I finished Austin Kleon’s bestselling book ‘Steal like an Artist: 10 Things nobody told you about being creative’ and it was a really fun read! I really just chewed it up. I would find myself reading an amazing point he would raise, and just stare off into space for a while and just let the idea sink-in and marinate in my mind…LOL!! I must have looked so weird on my morning train rides to work.
And, I know it might have been strange to read ‘Show you Work’ first before ‘Steal like an Artist’ since ‘Show your Work’ is kinda the follow-up to ‘Steal like an Artist’ but hey, sometimes I roll like that :P And I didn’t find it confusing at all.
I would definitely recommend reading ‘Steal like an Artist’ even though at times I felt that some of his points seemed a little common sense, there were still insightful life lessons to be had about time management and there were still plenty of helpful tips on giving you a starting-off point to begin your search to discover your voice as an artist, whilst also offering you tools to help you filter your world for your own art-making.
What really resonated with me were his views on utilising the Internet and social media in sharing your work and passions and the importance of connecting with like-minded people and giving back to the online community. Also, I whole-heartedly support his emphasis on combining analogy techniques with digital techniques in your design/art-making process, to the point where art-making almost becomes a whole body experience.
Now go on, and make stuff!! WE ARE READY :)
“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’
It was a really enjoyable read and for me, it had a lot of helpful tips that I can now put into practice.
I feel that at this stage in life, I am looking for a mentor to help me get to that next level of my career. But I don’t think it’s gonna come in the form of a person, yet…. But more in the form of books. Books – that will fill me with new ideas, equip with new philosophies and offer me a sense of direction and a stronger Design identity. And I feel that this book has been a great stepping stone to that!! :D
‘Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned with doing good work…’