Interview with Jim Murphy (PIXAR)

IMG_5159On August 22, day two of the Hiroshima Animation Festival, PIXAR screened the world premier of their new short, “LAVA.” It is basically a cute love story, with the use of the word “lava” instead of love. Which makes sense, because the main characters are volcanoes. The director Jim Murphy called the two volcanoes Uku and Lele which go together “ukulele” which we hear throughout the film.

Volunteering Photo Story

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1. Arrived at the volunteer centre just after 8am. Here we’re grouped and shuttled over to the disaster zone.

Peace Park 平和公園

Peace Park natureHiroshima’s Peace Park (Heiwa-Koen 平和公園) is in the center (Naka-ku) of Hiroshima city. It is the location of the Peace Museum, A-Bomb Dome, Cenotaph, and many statues and monuments in remembrance of Hiroshima’s tragic history and its victims. It is also a beautiful park filled with trees and flowers that Hiroshima residents use and enjoy on  a daily basis.

Eremiya Thai Massage Studio

Eremiya Therapeudic Thai MassageSoothing massage may not be what comes to mind when some people think of Thai massage, but let me assure you that you have nothing to worry about here. The aim of massage here is to relax, unwind and recover from stress and stiff muscles.

The studio is located in the Takanobashi area of Hiroshima city (access by streetcar or bus is easy). Appointments by reservation only. (Japanese, English and Spanish ok)

Video and interviews from Hiroshima International Animation Festival

animation festival interviewsInterviews with some of the many talented filmmakers who attended the 30th anniversary of the Hiroshima International Film Festival, plus some bonus music clips.

GH Jr Animation Festival Day 1

Japan is well known for its anime. Many Japanese anime have become popular worldwide. However, anime isn’t only Japanese. “Anime” is just a shortened version of the word “animation.”

And at the Hiroshima Animation Festival, animations from all over the world are screened. Many of them are in competition, others won awards from the past animation festivals, and still others are simply there to be enjoyed. The animations can be happy or sad, calm or chaotic, harsh or peaceful, or a mix of everything.

GH Jr Animation Festival Kids Workshops

Did you know that if you go up to the fourth floor of the animation festival this year, you can find some animation workshops. And here’s some more good news. Kids’ admission is free! One of these workshops is a tutorial on how to use an animation program called Pimco. The kind-hearted souls who want to help sometimes can only speak Japanese, but I noticed that this drawback seems to motivate them even more.

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