Japanese Film Festival – Sydney


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.

Tickets are:
$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

Quote of the Day

‘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.’

Steve Jobs

The Book Club: Show your work! by Austin Kleon

Yay!! I finished reading Show your Work! by Austin Kleon on the train ride home yesterday.

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…’

William Burroughs

Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel – Sketch of the Week 29/09/14

In this pose, I tried to capture a realistic presentation of light and shade, a natural sense of posture and weight distribution in the model’s relaxed state, whilst also trying to define the muscles and anatomy of the back.


Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel – Sketch of the Week 22/09/14

I really like the stillness of this pose.
I love the contouring of the thighs and hips and the pose also gave me a chance to practice sketching drapery.

Note to self: Practice drapery more ;)


Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel – Sketch of the Week 15/09/14

In this week, I focused on making expressive quick sketches. And playing around with the watercolour effect when drawing in the Paper app on the iPad with a pressure sensitive stylus.

LOL! The model was really werkin’ it with that fan tho :P


Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel – Sketch of the Week 01/09/14

I once again was having an off-day at Life drawing, I just wasn’t able to capture the gestures of the poses, so instead I decided to focus on details, working on areas of the poses, like the expression on the model’s face and the flounce and random scattering of her hair.


Life Drawing at the Arthouse Hotel – Sketch of the Week 04/08/14

I really like the sense of weight in this pose, and how the flesh of her bottom reacts to the hard surface of the seat.

I also tried to capture the play of light and dark tones caused by the light source.



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