Chihayafuru and the Hyaku-Nin-Isshu

The Hyaku-nin-isshu is a collection of 100 poems by 100 different individuals, compiled by Fujiwara no Teika during the 11th century.  The poems follow the tanka form of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per line, and are mostly about love or nature, written in a time when only members of the nobility were allowed, or known, to write poetry;…

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

The anime movie, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), released in Japan in 2013 was the last film directed by Studio Ghibli‘s Hayao Miyazaki before he retired in September of the same year.  The story is based on the real life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aircraft engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero, which were used during World War II. As…