A twenty-something male currently living in the North-East of England. Full-time employed and part time nerd with mixed feelings about both. Writes About pages in the third person because he’s uncomfortable with talking about himself at length. Interests include film and television, music, photography, science and history. Procrastinates over recording an album and writing that bestselling novel he promised himself he’d write. Visited Tokyo in May 2009, returned in September 2011 and intends to visit again. Also frequently online at the following places:
About the blog
物の哀れ, or ‘mono no aware’, was chosen as the name for this blog because it’s a concept that is Relevant To My Interests but one that can’t be explained by a single-phrase English definition. It’s a place for me to set out my thoughts on Japanese popular culture I’ve experienced and discuss said Japanese pop culture stuff with like-minded people; I’ve given up on writing posts that are clear-cut ‘review’ or ‘editorial’. It runs on a self-hosted installation of the WordPress publishing platform. The current design and layout are a self-modified version of the TwentyEleven standard.
- Shiki Ryougi (from Kara no Kyoukai). Source: Pixiv
- Akari (from 5 Centimeters Per Second). Dir. Makoto Shinkai
- Ginko and Tanyu (from Mushishi). Source: Pixiv
- Reki (from Haibane Renmei). Artist: Yoshitoshi ABe
- Hikari Mitsushima (in Love Exposure). Dir. Sion Sono
- VF-1 Valkyrie (from Super Dimensional Fortress Macross). Artist: Hidetaka Tenjin
- Mono performing live. Source: HearJapan.com (dead link)
- Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo. Photo taken in September 2011, viewed from Odaiba
The individuals and groups that fuel my interests and have my utmost respect include the following, in no particular order apart from the alphabetical:
Yoshitoshi ABe, Hideaki Anno, Inio Asano, Boom Boom Satellites, Mamoru Hosoda, Yoko Kanno, Yuki Kajiura, Shoji Kawamori, Takeshi Kitano, Satoshi Kon, Akira Kurosawa, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, Takashi Miike, Hayao Miyazaki, Mono, Haruki Murakami, Kinoko Nasu, Makoto Shinkai, Maaya Sakamoto, Sion Sono, Tenmon, Naoki Urasawa, Yoji Yamada and Yasuhiro Yoshiura.