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Okiura Hiroyuki’s 2011 film A Letter to Momo (Momo e no tegami/ ももへの手紙) had a short run in Seattle, so I went to see the subtitled version this week. This review contains very minor spoilers established early in the plot.

In describing the plot of A Letter to Momo, I suppose the most obvious comparison I could make is to Miyazaki Hayao’s My Neighbor Totoro, with which the film shares a number of narrative elements, but at the same time, the comparison seems reductive and lazy. (more…)

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In this gender reader, I’m focusing on geek topics from genderswapped and non-binary characters in SFF to the history of Wonder Woman to respecting fanfic authors.

Copyright PBS/Pemberley Digital.

Copyright PBS/Pemberley Digital.

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The Kubota Garden is a lovely wild-ish garden built by landscaper Fujitaro Kubota (see part 1 for more information).

Tiny ginko

Tiny ginko


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While the Seattle Japanese Garden is a gorgeous example of a manicured Japanese garden, Kubota Garden, located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, takes a different view of nature: it’s sprawling and almost wild.

Kubota Garden |The Lobster Dance 15

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For fans of Sherlock Holmes, I wrote a guest post on Have You Nerd? about Vicious and Vulgar, a play about fandom, fanworks, and “Femlock”:

Photo credit: Shawn Baker. Used with permission.

Photo credit: Shawn Baker. Used with permission.

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Welcome back, readers! I’m hosting Feminist Friday again this week. Last week, we talked about the gender segregation of bath products. This week, we’re going to discuss two specific techniques of advertising directed at women consumers. First, we’ll be hopping back into our time machine to look at the “shaming” technique circa 1930-1960, and then we’ll return to the present (mainly 2010-2014)  to look at attempts to use “empowerment” to sell goods to women.

 

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Art by Murakami Takashi. Via Spoon & Tamago.

Art by Murakami Takashi. Via Spoon & Tamago.

There is a lot to cover since I did my last gender reader at the start of June. In this gender reader: Shiomura Ayaka and the harassment case at the Tokyo Assembly, updates to koseki (family registry) laws, Rokudenashiko, and more.

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