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Top 5 Unexplained Phenomena - Alien? UFO? Floating City? Supernatural object?
2018-01-23    3 views
Our world is full of unexplained phenomena that make many of us ponder: Are we really alone in the universe?

In the past few months, UFOs and the conversation revolving around aliens has been a hot topic in mainstream news. With events such as the recent disclosure of the Pentagon’s top secret UFO research unit and Stephen Hawkin’s scientific think tank, Breakthrough Initiatives raising the question if the mysterious object Oumuamua is actually an extraterrestrial spacecraft, many people are searching and looking for answers.

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The top five unexplained mysteries of 2017:

No.5: A Strange Light Phenomenon
No.4: Asteroid 'Oumuamua' could be an alien spaceship
No.3: The Pentagon’s Top Secret UFO Program
No.2: Congressional Candidate says she was abducted by aliens
No.1: A Floating City over China

Hot Tokyo Landmarks Appeared in well-known Films
2018-01-22    3 views
Shibuya Crossing has become one of Tokyo’s landmarks, appearing often in films and music videos. Remember the scenes adrenaline-pumped racing scene through the heart of Tokyo in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and Scarlett Johansson moving through a busy Tokyo crowd in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” as well as Taki and Mitsuha at a Shibuya Starbucks in Makoto Shinkai’s “Kimi no Na wa”.

They all had a scene filmed at the famous Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya Crossing is the busiest intersection in the world, with sometimes as many as 3,000 people crossing simultaneously. With huge crowds coming and going in all directions, scenes shot here are indeed very memorable.

As you drive out of Tokyo, you’ll see a very big park known as Koganei Park.
In the park is the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum where you’ll find restored buildings that were either destroyed in wars or by natural disasters. A walk in the park feels like being teleported back to Edo-era Japan.

The reason for us to visit this place is to see the “Kodakara-yu”, where the grandmaster of Japanese anime, Hayao Miyazaki got his inspiration for the bathhouse scenes in “Spirited Away”. It is said that Hayao Miyazaki came here to sketch the scenes he’d later use for his film, especially the bell-shaped roof of the entrance hall, it resembles a similar two-story building in the anime.

You could also see things like the yellow tramcar produced in 1962 here. If you take a leisurely walk among historic buildings, everything reminds you of scenes you've seen in films.

In Japanese films, scenes where young people pay visits to shrines or attend celebrations wearing traditional yukata are a must-have. Kimonos are almost impossible to put on by yourself, nevertheless, everybody in Japan puts on their kimonos to celebrate holidays.
Hyesoo toured Asakusa on a rickshaw while dressed in a kimono.

Shibuya scramble crossing
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
lost in translation
your name(日語:君の名は)
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Koganei Park
Asakusa Shrine

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Keiichi Hara - Japanese Animation Film Director | Exclusive Interview at tiff.mp4
2018-01-22    113 views
Keiichi Hara, the Japanese film director who has been depicting Japanese culture through animation, has reached the 30th year of his career. The 2017 Tokyo International Film Festival screened all of his works, “The World of Keiichi Hara,” in a special section. Hara said in Hallyu World’s interview, “Right now, there were different works aired and I’m doing interviews. I am enjoying this moment.”

Hara’s works go by a plain and natural style by focusing on bits and pieces of life. Deemed as the successor to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese director, Hara uses lots of nostalgic elements such as snapshot extensively, which is rare among directors.

When asked about the opportunities of the production of Miss Hokusai, one of his more popular works, he replied, “I originally like the comic book of the author Hinako Sugiura of ‘Miss Hokusai.’ I always wanted to animate her comic one day… I am not confident to challenge Hinako Sugiura’s works.”

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