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Photos : © Thérèse O’Leary  Paintings : © Laurel Vogi You can find other works by Laurel by clicking here or under the ‘life’ tab.

2011 Autumn Tour of Kyoto Gardens, Inland Sea 

and Shodoshima Island

Destination Management and Facebook photos of our trip

Japanese Tutorials

Arriving in Osaka via Hong Kong, Kansai International Airport is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. My flight arrived in the early evening and after a relaxing sleep at the Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel, an enjoyable breakfast and walk around the shops I meet two of my fellow travellers, Susan and Aileen for the bus trip to Kyoto.

Kyoto – an appreciation of feudal life in the city of temples, shrines and gardens of ancient Kyoto with its incredible natural beauty, rich autumn tones and noticable lack of tall buildings.

Day One : Ryoanji, Kinkakuji, Arashlyama, Ginkakuji with its fine examples of ranked sand, stones, ponds and displays of autumn leaves, Philosopher’s Path which follows a small stream overhanging with maples and cherry trees.

Day Two : Flea Market with the work of local artists, second-hand goods and antiques

Saihoji Moss Garden, Gion the famous Geisha Quarter

Day Three : Tofukuji Temple, Vermilion-lacquered Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nara Japan’s ancient capital, Kasuga Shrine, Todaji Temple

Day Four : Nijo Castle, Botanic Gardens

Day Five : Rural Ohara, Sanzenin Temple, Klyomizu Temple spectacularly constructed on huge pole supports on the hill side, Sannenzaka Slope

Day Six : Nanzenji Temple, Helan Shrine & Gardens, Museum of traditional art and crafts, handicrafts centre with woodblock prints, kimono, pottery, cloisonne and books.

Day Seven : MIHO Art Museum, Shigaraki Pottery, Ishlyama Temple, Lake Biwa

Day Eight : Awaji Island, Shikoku Island, Takamatsu, Ritsurin Gardens

Day Nine : Shodoshima Island, Kankaki Gorge, Nakayama Paddy Fields, Cave Temple

Day Ten : Okayama, Korakuen Garden, Bullet Train

Day Eleven : Tour ends in Kyoto

From a Facebook post of my Mum’s very special friend Sumiko Achiwa



sauntering schoolboys

armed to the teeth with iPhones

samurai tourists

© Photograph and poem by Margaret King.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

Cautious strangers meet
Gold gingko leaves drifting by
Touch departing friends.

© Photograph and poem by Jan Brand.  People on our trip enjoyed writing and sharing Japanese Haiku and Senryū poems.

No words are needed….

a flower’s joy expresses

All creation’s bliss

©  Haiku by Asmira Woodward-Page


Purest of poems, a haiku contains in its seventeen syllables a seasonal allusion as well as a distinct pause or shift.  Cherry blossoms and swallows mean spring; red maple leaves and deer convey autumn.  Nature and its ephemeral beauty – this is haiku.  Japanese woodblock artists have often drawn their water from the same wells of creativity used by haiku poets.  A pleasure boat on a moonlit lake, a dozing bird beside a turning leaf – it sould surprise no one that Bashō, greatest of haiku poets, was an accomplished painter.

Watanabe Seitei (Shōtei) (1851-1918) “Blue Birds at Night” early 20th century

yuyami ni

mi o sagaseruka

eda no tori

Birds on the branches

in the evening darkness—

can they find berries?

—Sasabune (contemporary)

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949) “Sring Rain at Matsushima” 1936

shima areba

mattsu ari kaze no

oto suzushi

Islands all around

with their pine trees; and the wind–

its sound is cooling

–Shake (1867-1902)

Andō Hiroshima (1797-1858) “Monkey Bridge in Kai Province” 1853-1856


utsukushiu natte

chiru momiji

Coveted by all,

turning into such beauty–

the falling red leaves.

–Shikō (1664-1731)

Nishimura Hodō (active 1930s) “Water Lillies”, c. 1930s

tsuyu akete

hajimete saita

ike no hasu

Rainy season ends–

water lilies in the pond

suddenly open.

—Sasabune (contemporary)

3D-Printed Shadow Art Reveals a Hidden Haiku – Drzach & Suchy introduce a new kind of encrypted message.

It is interesting to read that there have been Thirty-two Translations for Matsuo Bashô: Frog Haiku.

Some other projects from Drzach & Suchy included ‘Solar Palm‘ which s a self-sustaining, natural looking palm for both indoor and outdoor use, Eternal Sunshine could Come from Solar-Powered Palm Trees another one is Kermit the Frog Becomes Miss Piggy (Just Add Milk) and also ‘Shadow Fence‘ which on a sunny day a shadow fence casts custom shadows on the ground in front of it,

A couple of interesting books:

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement in Japan by Barry Till

The shin hanga (“new print”) movement flourished in Japan for almost fifty years after being set in motion and nurtured by publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885–1962). Employing the traditional “ukiyo-e quartet”—a production system consisting of artists, carvers, printers, and publishers—shin hanga attracted Western as well as native artists. The studio teams created woodblock prints that updated traditional ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) prints by including Kabuki actor portraits, “beauties,” and landscapes and other nature themes, often birds and flowers. With lavish illustrations and expert commentary, Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Japan details the shin hanga movement and presents splendid reproductions of works by its principal artists.

Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry Hardcover  by Judith Patt, Barry Till, Michiko Warkentyne 

The strictest and purest of poetic forms, the Japanese haiku contains in its seventeen sound characters a reference to a season as well as a distinct pause or interruption. Cherry blossoms and swallows might refer to spring; red maple leaves and deer usually imply autumn. These seasonal allusions emphasize the essence of haiku: nature and its ephemeral beauty.

The graceful, evocative haiku featured here were composed by the renowned Japanese haiku masters of the past four hundred years, including Matsuo Basho, Taniguchi Buson, and Kobayashi Issa. The deceptively simple poems–rendered in English with Japanese calligraphies and transliterations–are paired with exquisite eighteenth- or nineteenth-century paintings and ukiyo-e prints and twentieth-century shin hanga woodcuts from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada. With their depth and delicacy, wide range of subtle hues, and time-honored focus on landscapes, birds, and flowers, these artworks–like their haiku counterparts–quietly capture a moment in time.

Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry presents thirty-five pairs of poems and images, organized seasonally. The Introduction details the origin and development of haiku, the lives of the most famous poets, and the obstacles faced when translating the concise yet complex lines.

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

If your visiting Sydney and love Japanese Gardens there is one at the Auburn Botanical Gardens. There are also kangaroos and peacocks to see.

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Lesley Kehoe Galleries – Japanese Art, Melbourne

Pictures: Japanese Life Recreated With Lego

YHA Magazine with an article on Japan – link

Working a winter snow season in Japan

Eda-Tokyo Museum  江戸東京博物館

The Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum opened its doors in March 1993 as a space to reflect on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and envision the city and life of the future. Housed in a unique building modeled after an elevated-floor type warehouse, the museum has been a landmark and popular tourist attraction in Tokyo since its opening.

The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions at the first floor gallery five to six times a year and carries out various other events, including lectures and workshops on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.

We hope that the museum can be Tokyo’s center for the creation of new culture and a place of respite for visitors.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Real Japanese Gardens

Japan’s finest gardens can be found in Kyoto, Kamakura and Tokyo – The cities have been capitals and centers of Japanese culture and religion for centuries. The gardens, temples, palaces with world-famous gardens have seen times of war, devastating fires, earthquakes and survived until today for you to enjoy.

JGSDF PR centre 

This is a facility where you can learn more about the Ground Self-Defense Force, which provides experiences you have little opportunity to encounter in everyday life.

Nezu Museum  (根津美術館)

The Nezu museum is a private collection of Japanese and Asian art – from calligraphy to painting, ceramics and textiles. The industrialist and president of the Tobu railway company, Nezu Kaichiro was an avid art collector. The site of the museum and garden used to be his private residence, which he bought in 1906. After his death in 1940, his son founded the museum to preserve the collection. In World War II however, the museum and gardens were severly destroyed.

The hilly garden has two ponds that are connected by small streams. Upon every turn of the numerous winding paths, you can see a new garden lantern, memorial stone, Buddha or Kan’non statue. The garden also has some well-preserved tea houses. Near the main building, you can find a modern cafe. The wide window front on three sides let’s you enjoy the garden while having a light lunch or coffee and cake.

Nezu Museum

The Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichirō (1860-1940) had passionately built. Kaichirō, a businessman whose career included being president of the Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd., was born in Yamanashi and became interested in art early in life. Upon moving to Tokyo in 1898, he displayed his abilities as a businessman and politician and expanded his field of activities to include education as well. Becoming an enthusiastic practitioner of the “way of tea” further spurred his enthusiasm for collecting, and his daring, bold approach became almost legendary. Moreover, Kaichirō did not view his collection as a private treasure trove but wish to share its enjoyment with the general public.


teamLab is a collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as “Ultra-technologists,” their aim is to achieve a balance between art, science, technology and creativity.

NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA  HOKUSAI Exhibition 21 July – 15 Oct 2017

Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush made him famous in Edo-period Japan and globally recognised within a decade of his death.

“From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the forms of things.

By the time I was fifty I had published an infinity of designs; 

but all I produced before the age of seventy is not worth taking into account. 

At seventy-three I learnt a little about the real structure of nature, 

of animals, plants, trees, birds, fish and insects. 

Consequently, when I am eighty I shall have made still more progress;

at ninety I shall penetrate the mystery of things;

at one hundred I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage;

when I am one hundred and ten everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive.

I beg those who live as long as I to see I keep my word.”

10 -15 February 2014

Tearing the Mask, NIDA – An exploration of Japanese Performance introduced by Richaqrd Emmert and Jeff Janisheski.

A unique beauty of the Japanese artforms Noh, Butoh and Kabuki with rarely seen films and documentaries.  Screened on a traditional Noh stage set in the Parade Atrium which is a covered outdoor amphitheatre. I was able to see some of these films.

‘Seami and the Noh  Theatre’  1991

‘Noh drama is one of the world’s great classical theatre genres. Although often compared to ancient Greek theatre for its use of masks, chorus and music, Noh theatre is unique.

Handed down over the centuries, it remains a vital performing art to this day. Its present form, which is a combination of two earlier types of performance known as ‘Sarugaku’ and ‘Dengaku’, was realised by Kannami in the 14th century. But it was his son, Zeami, who honed and perfected it into the highly refined structure it achieved and has retained up to the present.

Zeami’s life was a long and eventful one. It was a life that ranged from early, dazzling success at court to lonely exile in old age. Yet through it all he continued to write – not only plays that are popular and still performed, but essays and treatises on the art and concept of Noh drama itself.

Featured in this film are highlights from five representative Noh plays. Reflecting the very essence of Noh are the stately warrior play ‘Kiyotsune’ by Zeami; the moving ‘Jinen Koji’ by Kannami, his father; and the elegant ‘Izutsu’, the sad ‘Kinuta’ and the dynamic ‘Toru’, all also by Zeami.

Noh theatre reflects the pathos and depth of the human condition and mirrors the sorrows and aspirations of us all.’

‘The Noh Mask ‘ 1987

Outstanding Noh masks have played a major part in the perfection of Noh, a form of theatre that describes the world of the mind. This film shows the beauty of the masks and the role they play during performances, when the expressions they convey reflect delicate shades of emotion.

The Noh play ‘Aoi-no-Ue’ is introduced, which portrays the intense jealousy suffered by a woman. The deigan mask, used in the first half, depicts dignity struggling against anguish; the hannya (demon) mask, used in the second half, depicts anger and sadness.

The film shows different types of masks, and commentary is given on dramatic presentation and the choice of masks for specific roles.’

Noh Dōjōji [The Dōjōji Temple – A Noh Play]

‘This film shows the full performance of Dōjōji, one of the most dramatic plays in the classical Japanese Noh repertory, bookended by highlights from two other performances of the same piece.

A legend tells of a yamabushi mountain priest who, during his travels, often visited the home of a man who had a young daughter. The father once jokingly told his daughter that when she grew up she would marry a priest, and she innocently believed him. Time passed, and the priest visited several years later. The daughter, now being older, chided him for not claiming her as his wife. The priest rejected her, and when she became enraged, he ran away to Dōjōji Temple and asked to be hidden from her. The priests lowered a huge temple bell and hid him in it. The girl followed him, but was caught at the flooding Hidaka River without a boat to cross over. Jealous rage transformed her into a serpent. The serpent swam across the river, found the lowered bell at the temple and lashed itself around it. The bronze bell grew hot and the priest was roasted alive inside.

The Noh play begins many years later. The above incident has been almost forgotten and the temple is at last dedicating a new bell to replace the one destroyed many years before. Though ordered by the chief priest not to let any women into the temple for the ceremony, the temple servants allow a shirabyōshi dancer to enter since such performers typically perform dressed as men. The dancer promises to dedicate a dance for the new temple bell. The woman is in fact the jealous spirit of the serpent-woman. After her long dance, she leaps into the new bell, bringing it down. The chief priest is informed and he relates the old story of the serpent-woman demoness. As she appears from under the bell in her true form, the priests confront her with prayers by rubbing their rosaries until she is finally subdued.

This is a special play in the Noh repertory in that it is considered the ‘graduation ceremony’ of a professional Noh actor. Participation in this play generally leads to acceptance as a full member in the Noh-performing world.’

‘Traditional Japanese Culture: Kabuki’ 1997

‘The Edo Stage: Kabuki and Bunraku’ 1982

‘Like the theatre of other cultures, Kabuki and Bunraku reflect the society in which they were born – its morality, dreams and changes. In the case of Japan, the mid-to-late Edo period was a time of deep-seated dissatisfaction with feudal morality, and Kabuki and Bunraku plays echo the growing power and consciousness of the common people.

This film features extracts from two plays, ‘Sukeroku yukari no Edozakura’, a Kabuki comedy, and ‘Sonezaki shinju’, a tragedy written for Bunraku by the great playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon. These plays reflect both the laughter and tears of Edo-period Japan.’

The Lovers’ Exile: The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan 1980

The Lovers’ Exile features the incomparable Bunraku Theatre of Japan: the world’s most sophisticated puppet theatre. For those unfamiliar with Bunraku, the spectacular staging and emotive power of the puppet handling, music and narrative will be a revelation.The Lovers’ Exile is an adaptation of ‘Meido no Hikyaku (The Courier for Hell)’ by Chikamatsu Monzaemon.

The Lovers’ Exile was filmed in 1979 at Daiei Uzumasa Studios, Kyoto, on a specially constructed Bunraku stage, and performed by all the major Bunraku masters of the day, many of whom were National Treasures, or who obtained such designation later. Appearing are Takemoto Koshijdayu, Takemoto Mojitayu (now Sumitayu), Takemoto Oritayu (now Tsunatayu), Tsuruzawa Enza (5th), Tsuruzawa Seiji, Nozawa Kinshi (4th), Yoshida Tamao, Yoshida Minosuke, Yoshida Bunjaku and Kiritake Kanjuro (2nd) – the greatest Bunraku stars of the Showa era.’

‘Butoh: Piercing the Mask’ 1991

‘In the early 1960s Butoh dance exploded onto the Japanese stage. The shockwaves ripped the Japanese dance community apart and shattered stereotypical images of the Japanese people. Sexy, violent, humorous and nihilistic, Butoh confronted Japanese society, ridiculing and mocking traditional conventions of beauty and behaviour. This documentary pierces the mystery and mystique of a dance movement adored by the West and largely ignored by the Japanese. It uses archival and modern footage of leading Butoh performers – Dairakudakan, Hakutobo, Kazuo Ono – and interviews with Butoh specialists to throw light on the essential Butoh themes of darkness, violence and eroticism to get to the core of the nature of Butoh.

Going beyond its examination of Butoh as dance, Butoh: Piercing the Mask, delves into the relationship between culture and society. It portrays Butoh as a primal scream, uttered at a time when the post-war invasion of Japan by Western cultural and social conventions forced artists to re-invent their own identity. It raises questions about the Japanese people by revealing connections between some of the darker aspects of Butoh and Japanese culture. It examines Butoh’s relationship to contemporary life against the backdrop of modern Tokyo.’

‘Butoh: body on the Edge of Crisis’ 1990

‘Although Butoh is often viewed as Japan’s equivalent of modern dance, in actuality it has little to do with the rational principles of modernism. Butoh is a theatre of improvisation which places the personal experiences of the dancer on center-stage. The dancer is used as a medium to his or her inner life, but not for the portrayal of day to day existence. A Dionysian dance of nudity, eroticism, and sexuality, Butoh’s scale of expression ranges from meditative tenderness to excessive grotesqueness. By re-establishing the ancient Japanese connection of dance, music, and masks, and by recalling the Buddhist death dances of rural Japan, Butoh incorporates much traditional theatre. At the same time, it is a movement of resistance against the abandonment of traditional culture to a highly organized consumer-oriented society. An alliance of tradition and rebellion, Butoh is one of the most fascinating underground dance movements. Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis is a visually striking film portrait shot on location in Japan with the participation of the major Butoh choreographers and their companies.’

Talks and Demonstrations

Lynne Williams, Director/CEO, NIDA
Jeff Janisheski, Head of Acting, NIDA
Richard Emmert, Professor of Asian Performing Arts, Musashino University, Japan
Yukio Waguri, Artistic Director, Kohzensha Butoh Company, Japan
Allan Marett, Emeritus Professor of Musicology, University of Sydney

above copy from NIDA web site


Some of the cultural practices that shaped the development of one of the worlds oldest and largest film industries were Benshi, Kamishibai, Utsushi-e and Bunraku, here are some examples.  Sadly, except for a few titles, there in nothing of the early cinema.

OTOWAZA and Benshi narration in Japanese silent film 和楽器と弁士の無声映画上映会










Bunraku  – puppet theatre




A Cat, Shozo and Two Women (Neko to shozo tofutari o onna) 1956

A Charred Water Lizard (Imori no kuroyaki) 1908


A Crazy Page/A Page Out of Order (Kurutta ippeiji)1926

A Grievance about Public Morality (Kotoku no nakigoto)

A Group of Japanese Men Swimming (Danseito no suiei)

A Maroon Wooden Drum (Ebicha no mokugyō)

A River Fête at Ryōgoku (Tōkyo Ryōgoku no kawabiraki) 1905


A Story of Floating Weeds ( Ukigusa monogatari) 1934

A Story ofJapanese Yakuza (Nihon Kyokakuden) 1964-71 series

A Taxing Woman (Marusa no gonna) 1987

A Taxing Woman Part 2 (Marusa no gonna 2) 1988

A Tipsy Life (Horoyoi jinsei) 1933


A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Song (Nihon shunka-ko) 1967

A View of Nikko (Mikko no kokei) 1905

A Woman Aviator (Onna hikoka) 1913


Abe Clan, The (Abe Ichizoku) 1938

Actual Scene of the Asakusa Flower Garden, The (Asakusa hanayashiki jikkyō) 1903

Actual Scene of the Fifth Osaka Exhibition, The (Osaka daigokai hakurankai jikkyō) 1903

Actual Scene of the Kyoto Gion Festival, The (Kyōto gion matsuri jikkyō) 1903

Actual Scene of the Kobe Naval Review, The (Kobe kankanshiki jikkyō)1903

Adventures of Jirocho (Jirocho sangokushi) 1952-54nine part series

Adventures of Jirocho (Jirocho sangoku-shi) 1963-4


Age of Assassins (Satsujinkyo jidai) 1965

Age of Irresponsibility in Japan (Nippon musekinin jidai) 1962


(Akanishi Kakita) 1936

Amateur Club (Amachua kurabu) 1920

Amended Record of Japanese Zigomar, The (Zoku Nippon Jigoma kaishin-roku) 1912

An Actor’s Revenge (Yukinojo henge) 1935


An Autumn Afternoon (Samma no avi) 1962

An Inn at Osaka (Osaka no ado)1954


Apart from You (Kimito wakarete) 1933

Art of Shinto-Style Sword Drama (Shintō-ryū kenbujutsu sugekimi) 1908


Bad Sleep Well, The (Warui eats modo you nemuru) 1969

Band of Ninja (Ninja bugeicho) 1967

Bandits on the Wind (Yato gaze no nana o hashiru) 1961

Battered Energy of Desire, The (Oshima Nagisa)

Battle of Honno Temple, The (Honnoji gassed) 1909

Bell Forest (Suzu ga modi)

Benkei of the Bridge (Hashi Benkei)

Between War and Peace (Senso to heir) 1947

Blood Is Dry, The (Chi wa kawaite ire) 1960?


Boy (Shonen) 1969


Bride Talks in Her Sleep (Hanayome no negoto) 1933


Brothers and Sisters of the Today Family, The ( Todake no kyodai) 1941

Burden of Live (Jinsei no onimotsu) 1935

Burglar on the Roof

Bushido—Samurai Saga (Bushido zankoku monogatari) 1963


Captain’s Daughter, The (Tai-i no musume) 1929

Carmen’s Pure Love (Karumen junuosu) 1952

Catch, The (Shiiku)1962


Ceremony, The `Ceremonies, The (Gishiki) 1971

Children—The Precious Disturbance (Kodakara modo) 1935


Christian Rebel, The (Amakusa Shiro tokisada) 1962


Chuji’s Travel Diary (Chuji tab nikki) 1927

(Kunisada Chuji) 1935

Chug Makes a Name for Himself (Chuji uridasu) 1935

Chūshingura 1932

Climactic Operation, The (Kojo sakusen) 1974

Code of an Outlaw, The (Yatamono no okite) 1969

Combat without a Code (Jingi maki tatami) 1972-74series

Common Soldier’s Story, The-series

Crest of the Man, The ( Otoko no monsho) 1963-66

Cruel Story of Youth or Naked Youth for export (Seishun zankoku monogatari)1960

Cuckoo-New Form, The (Shin hototogisu) 1909

Daimyō Saburo-maru 1914


Dancing Girl of Azu (Izu no odoriko) 1933

Dandyish Procession (Haikara no gyōretsu)

Dawn (Reimei) 1927

Dawn at the Soga Brothers’ Hunting Grounds (Soga kyōdai karma no akebono) 1906

Days of Youth (Wakaki hi) 1929 


Death by Hanging (Koshikei) 1968

Dear Summer Sister (Natsu no imoto) 1973

Demon Thistle 1908


Diary of Yunbogi (Yunbogi no nikki)1965


Diary of a Shinjuku Thief ( Shinjuku dorobo nikki) 1968

Dispersing Clouds (Wakare-gumo) 1951


Dodeskaden 1970

Dr Kimuyo (Joi Kinuyo sensei) 1937


Dragnet Girl (Hijosen no onna) 1933

Drinking Habit and the Family, The (Inshu to katei)


Drunken Angel (Yoidore tench) 1948


Early Summer (Bakushu) 1956

Education of Old Ideas, The (Kyu-shiso no kyōiku)

Empire of Passion, Ghost of Love, The Realm of Desire(Ai no borei) 1978

End of Summer, The (Koharyakawake no aki) 1961

End of the role of the Schoolgirl, The (Jinshin no ura-omote)


Enoken’s Kondo Isamu (Enoken no Kondo Isamu) 1935


Equinox Flower (Higanbana) 1958


Fallen Blossoms (Hana chorine) 1938

Faithful Servant Naosuke (Chuboku Naosuke) 1936

Failure of Overconfidence (Unubore no shippai)


Family Games (Kazoku geimu) 1983

Feather Cloak Dance of Miss Tenkatsu, The (Tenkatsujo no hagoromai) 1906


Fifth Scene of the Loyal Forty-Seven Retainers, The (Chūshingura godanme)

Fighting Soldier(Tataku hentai) 1940


Fires on the Plain (Nobi) 1959

First Steps Ashore (Joriku dai-ippo) 1932


Five Scouts ( Gonin no sekkohei) 1938

Floating Nest of the Little Grebe, The (Nio no Ukisu) 1900



Floating Weeds (Ukigusa monogatari)1934 and 1959


Floating Weeds 1959


Flower of Green Tea over Rice, The (Ochazuke no avi) 1952


Funeral, The (Ososhiki) 1984


Gate of Hell 1953

Genroku Dance of the Yoshimachi Dancers, The (Yoshimachi geigi genroku odori) 1905

Ghost Mirror (Yūrei kagami) 1908

Girl Students’ Military Arts (Jogakusei no bugeitaiso)


Good Morning (Ohayo) 1959

Grand Motion Picture on the Boxer Rebellion (Hokushinjihen katsudō daishashin) 1900

Great Metropolis: Chapter on Labor, The (rodehen) 1930

Green of the Pine, The (Matsu no midori) 1911


Groom Talks in His Sleep, The 1935

Growing Up (Takekurabe) 1955


Harakiri (Seppuku) 1962


Harp of Burma (Biruma no tategoto) 1956 and 1983


Hen in the Wind (Kaze no nana no mender) 1948

Hidden Fortress, The (Kakushi torrid no san akunin) 1945


High and Low (Tengoku to jig) 1963

History of Japanese Film Music (Nihon eiga ongaku shi)


Hitokiri (Tenchu) 1969

Hometown (Furusato)1930

Hoodlum Soldier (Heitai yakuza) 1965

Hosokawa Covered with Blood (Hosokawa no chidaruma)


Human Condition, The (Ningen no joke) 1958 – 1961


Humanity and Paper Balloon (Ninjo kamifusen) 1937


I was Born but…. (Umarete wa mita keredo…)1932

If We Don’t Abandon This Child (Kono ko sutezareba) 1935


Ikiru (1952)

In the Realm of the Sense (Aino koriida)1976


Intention of Murder (Akai satsui) 1964

It’s Tough to Be a Man (Otoko wa tsurai yo) series

Japanese Don, The (Nihon no don) 1981

Japanese Cherry Blossoms (Nihon sakura) 1909

Japanese-Made Social Puck Moving Picture (Nippon-sei shake pukku katsudō shashin)


Japanese Summer:Double Suicide (Muri shinju nibon no borei)1967

Japanese Zigomar (Nippon Jigoma) 1910


Jirocho and Mt Fuji ( Jirocho Fuji) 1959

(Kaketoji Tokijiro) 1929

Katsuben Story, The 1957

(Kavita Akanishi) 1936

Komatsu Riyuzo Part ll 1939

Koume of Kanaya (Kanaya Koume) 1930

Kumagai Fan Store, The (Ogiya Kumagai) 1908

Lady and the Beard, The (Shukujo to hide)

Largest Gambling Den in the Postwar Period, The (Sengo said no toba) 1969


Late Autumn (Akibiyori) 1960


Late Spring (Banshun) 1949

L’Amour (Ramura, aka Aibu) 1933


Lightening Burglar (Inazuma goto)


Life of Matsu the Untamed, the (Kuho Matsu no issue) 1943

Life Story of Saint Nichiren, The (Seishō Nichiren Daishi gochidai-ki) 1910

Lilly of the Valley (Tsuruganeso) 1935

Little Man, Do Your Best (Koshiben gambler) 1931


Live of Oharu, The (Saikaku ichidai onna)1952

Lonely Roughnech, The (Subishiki Ranbomono) 1927

Long-Sought Mother aka Mother He Never Knew, The (Mabuta no haha) 1931

Lottery Jackpot (Senryoraku) 1935


Lower Depths, The (Donzoko) 1957

Loyal Forty-Seven (Chūshingura) 1962(Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers)


Man Who Left His Will on Film (Tokyo senso hiwa) literally Secret Story of Postwar Tokyo aka He Died after the War 1970

Marching On (Shingun) 1930

Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail, The (Tora no o fumo otokotachi)1945

Mito Komon Part II 1932

(Minamoto Musashi) 1962-1970

Modern Yakuza, The (Gendai yakuza) 1969-71

Modern hash 1929

Morning for the Osone Family (Osoneke no asa) 1946


Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku) 1944

Mother (Haha) 1929

Mr Pu (Pu-san) 1953


Mud and Soldiers (Tsuchi to heitai) 1939

Munekata Sisters (Munekata shimmy) 1950

National Boarding House (Kokuyu no Geshukuya)


Neighbour’s Wife and Mine, The (Madamu to nyobo)1931

New Great Detective Zigomar (Shin Jigoma Dai-tantei) 1912

New Katsura River (Shinkatsura gala) 1909


Night and Fog in Japan (Nihon no your to kiri)1960


Nights.s Wife, The 1930


Nightly Dreams (Yogoto no yum) 1933

Nightly Dreams, Apart from You


Ohara (aka Good Mroning )Ohio (1959)

Once More (Ima hitotabino) 1947

One Night’s Lodging (Isshoku ichiham) 1968

One Thousand and One Nights of Travelling (Matatabi senichiya) 1936


Only Son, The (Hitori musk) 1936

One’s Sin (One ga tsumi)


Orochi 1925

Oryu (Hibotan Oryu) 1968

Oryu’s Visit (Oryu sanjo) 1970

Otomi Stabbed 1908


Our Neighbour Miss Yae (Tonari no Yae-chan) 1934

Pastoral Symphony (Den’en kokyogaku) 1938


Pleasures of Flesh (Etsuraku) 1965

Pheasant in a Burnt Field (Yakino no kigisu) 1909


Police 1933

Prison Breakout in Saghalien, The (Karafuto no hagoku)


Quiet Duel, The ( Shizukanaru kept)1946


Red Beard (Akahige) 1965


Rashomon (1950)


Red Beard (Akahige) 1965

Record of a Living Being (Ikimono no kiroku)1955


Record of a Tenement Gentleman 1947

Respect for the Emperor (Sonno jodi) 1928


Rickshaw Man (1958)

Riding on a Ball in Real Society (Katsu-shakai no tamanori)


Samurai Rebellion (Joiuchi) 1967

Samurai Trilogy (Jusashi Minamoto)1940 and 1954-56

Sanshiro Sugata 1943

Scarlet Bat, The ( Beni komori) 1931

Scene of Minamoto Musashi’s Elimination of the Baboons, The (Miyamoto Musashi hihi taiga no ba) 1908

Second-Rate Comedian aka Something like That (No yo na mono) 1981

Semi-Japanese Semi-Western Wedding (Wayō sechū kekkonshiki) 1908


Seppuku (Hara-diri) 1962


Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) 1954

Shadow Figure (Kageboshi) 1909

Shanghai 1932

Sky is Clear ( Sora wa haretari) 1925

Song of the Flower Basket (Hanakago no ute) 1937

Spring in Southern Islands (Nanto no haru) 1925

Steel Edge of Revenge, The (Goyokin) 1969

Stone Bridge (Shakkyō)

Story of the Last Yakuza in the Showa Period, The (Showa zankyoden) 1965-72

Story of Tank Commander Nishizumi (Nishizumi sensacho-den) 1940


Stray Dog (Nora ini) 1949

Street without End (Kagirinaki hodo) 1934

Succeeding the Second (Nidaime shame) 1968

Surface and True Feelings of People’s Minds, The (Jinshin no ura-omote)

Sword of Vengeance series

Successful Love, The (Ai no seikō)

Sumo Wrestler’s Debut (Ippon batata dohyoiri) 1931


Sun Legend of the Shogunate’s Last Days


Tale of the Loyal Forty-Seven Retainers, The(Chūshinguara)


Tampopo 1986

Tange Sazen 1933


Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (Tange Sazen—hyakuman ryo no tsubo)1935

Tattoo of a Lion, The (Karajishi shugi) 1965


Ten Dark Women (Kuroi junior no gonna) 1961

Tenth Scene of Taikoki, The also known as Ehon Taikoki (Taikoki jūdanme) 1908

Theatre of Life, The (Jinsei gekijo—Hishakaku) 1963


There was a Father (Chichi arise) 1942

Three Beauties (San rem ka) 1934

Throne of Blood (Kagemusha) 1980


Three Outlaw Samurai (Sambiki no samurai) 1964

Three Resurrected Drunkards (Kaette kits yopparai) 1968

To Sleep So As To Dream 1986

To The Distant Observer 1979


Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no gassho) 1931

Tokyo Snowscape (Tōkyō no sekkei) 1905


Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo boshoku) 1957

Tough Guys behind Bars (Kabe no nana no korinai mermen) 1987

Tragedy:The Self-Immolation of the Captain (Higeki: sancho no junshi)

Trial of Vivienne Ware, The 1932

True Account of the Ando Group, The (Andagumi jitsuroku) 1978-79

True Character of Gentlemen Nowadays, The (Tosei shins hi no shotai)


Tsubaki Sanjuro (Sanjuro) 1962-Sanjuro (Tsubak Sanjuro) 1962

Twenty-Six Japanese Martyrs, The 1930

Two People at Dojō Temple (Ninin dojōji)


Ugetsu (Ugetsu mongatari) 1953


Ugetsu Monogatari 1953

Viewing Scarlet Maple Leaves (Momijigari)

Village Bride, The (Mura no hanayome)1928

Violence at Noon (Hakuchu no troika)1967


Wanderers (Matatabi) 1973

War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya, The (Hawaii-Marei ski kaiser) 1942

Well-Mannered Beasts, The aka Elegant Beast (Shitoyaka na kedamono) 1962


What did the Lady Forget (Shujo wa nani o waster-tala) 1937

Where Chimneys Are Seen (Entotsu no mire basho) 1953

Wife Be like a Rose (Tsuma yo bra no yo ni) 1935

Woman of the Mist (Oboroyo no gonna) 1936


Woman of Tokyo (Tokyo no gonna) 1933

Woman Samurai 1908

Woman Who Touched the Leg (Ashi ni sonata gonna) 1926

Wonderful Men in the World of Yakuza (Yakuza those no suteki na mermen) 1988


Yakuza Front on the Tokaido Path (Ninkyo Tokaido) 1958

Yakuza on the Road (Matatabi waraji) 1929

Yataro’s Travel Hat (Yataro gasa) 1932

(Yojimbo) 1961

Young Days of Jirocho (Wakaki hi no Jirocho) 1960-62


Airplane Drone (Bakuon) 1939

Danger (Tanko no naka)1925

Osaka Elegy (Naniwa erejii) 1936


chamber Iwami Jutaro 1937


A Story of Floating Weeds (Ukigusa monogatari) 1934 as Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) 1959

I was Born but … (Umarete wa mita keredo…(1932) into Ohayo (1959)

Harp of Burma (Biruma no tategoto) Two versions 1956 and 1983

Samurai Trilogy (Musashi Miryamoto) two versions 1940 and 1954-56

The Life of Matsu the Untamed (Muho Matsu no issue) 1943 retelling Rickshaw Man 1958


A Three-Man Collision (Sannin otoko no shototsu)


A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) 1902


All Quiet on the Western Front1930


Arrival of a Train (Arrivéedue train à La Ciotat) 1985

Ball of Fire (1942) Howard HawksintoA Song Is Born (1948) Hawks


Bend of the River


Blue Angel, The 1931German Joseph von Sternberg

Clear Skies Avenge (Tenhare adauchi)


Dishounered 1931

Fire-Bug, The 1905


Great Train Robbery, The 1903


Hero of Liao Yang, The


In the Realm of the Senses (1976)


Jack and the Beanstalk1902


Jazz Singer, The


Judge Priest (1934) into The Sun Shines Bright (1953) John Ford

L’Amour 1933

La petite Lise 1930


La Strada 1954 Fellini


La Vie de Moise


Lady in the Lake1946


Lady and the Gent, The 1932

Law of the Newly Invented 20th-Century Puck (Niju seiki shinhatsumei pukku o hakurai kuinige no ho)


Lonsdale Operator, TheD. W. Griffith 1911


Love Parade, The


Man from Laramie, The


Man’s Castle 1933


Marriage Circle (1924)Lubitsch


Man Who Knew Too Much, The(1934, 1956) Hitchcock


Morocco 1931

Morphology of the Folk Tale


Napoleonic Epic, The (L’Epopée napoleonienne)


Passion Play Pathé

Quatorze juillet 1932


Ride Lonesome


Sous les toits de Paris 1930


Seventh Seal, The 1956Bergman


Seven Men from Now


Tall T, The



Three Bad Men (1926) reworked into Three Godfathers 1926)

True State of Parisian Coeds’ Depravity, The (Danjo gakuseidaraku no shinso)


Under the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris) 1930


Winchester ’73


Zigomar 1911


15 responses

  1. mary wente-lindsay

    WOW! I love it!! You have some great pictures and having the temple or location name right on the image is wonderful tool!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful trip to Mongolia! Mary

    May 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    • Hi Mary,
      Pleased you liked the pictures from our trip, it was a great group and a trip with lots of happy memories. I wish it could have been longer. Mongolia was amazing and a completely different experience from Japan. I loved the Gobi desert, the wide open spaces and being part of their culture for a short time. I experienced and learn’t so much about a country and its people that we do not hear or see very much about. I have put some photos and drawings with some information about the trip by clicking here or under ‘travel>asia>mongolia’. Enjoy.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      • Jan

        Hi Therese,
        Great photos…hmmm… wonderful memories of an excellent trip with a great group of like minded people. Laurel’s paintings are superb. Many thanks for alerting me to your website. What creative extended family and friends you have! Cheers Jan

        December 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  2. S.Del Carmen.S

    Hi Therese ! beautiful, I love it.
    Leo & Sabina

    December 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

  3. Hilary O'Leary

    Hi Therese,
    Our trips to Canberra’s flower show (Floriade), all around Tasmania and Japan have been all great in themselves, yet different in content. Hilary, Me and Mum. Dec 25.12.12 at 4:08 PM.

    December 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    • Hi Mum,
      Yes and where to next?

      December 30, 2012 at 2:21 AM

  4. Brigitte

    Hi Therese,
    Stunning pictures .. I’m always in awe of the beauty and tranquility emanating from Japanese gardens. Your trip must have been rewarding, it seems you packed a lot of sights into it!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Brigitte from Paris

    December 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    • Hi Brigitte,
      Yes, everywhere we went there was something amazing to look at and experiencing. So much to take in, in such a short amount of time. Having a great group of fellow travellers certainly was a big part of it. Destination Management did a wonderful job looking after every detail and making sure our trip included as much as we could manage and I think everyone wanted more. Mum has done several trips with them and I can only imagine what the spring and winter might be like. Laurel, who did the paintings is doing another trip with them and I cannot wait to see her paintings. Japan might be a nice change from Paris.

      December 30, 2012 at 2:18 AM

  5. Chris and Laurel have been back to Japan, I found their photo on one of Ken’s newsletters, facebook link. No secrets anymore.
    It was a small group of 10 and I understand our group was the best. I loved that bit, I enjoyed our group too. Some comments from Laurel’s eamil

    “This trip was an indepth immersion into Japanese “things” so we experienced an amazing Bonsai garden, a fabulous glass museum at Hakone (apparently there are lots of amazing little museums at Hakone and this one was Venetian glass), a stunning Kimono museum that featured the work in Shibori of one man, an amazing Begonia greenhouse (it must have covered over an acre or two, and included an owl breeding facility with about 50 different owls from all over the world) and lots of beautiful views including Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossoms. While the Cherry Blossoms were stunning, as Hillary had said, I think I prefer some of the Autumn scenes. But maybe that’s a toss-up. ”

    “Ken and Mayumi were wonderful guides, as usual.” ” We did see snow on Cherry blossoms as the weather turned quite cold at one point. You’ll notice that we all had on lots of layers in the photo.”

    “We were in Kyoto for 4 days before the tour began and we stayed at the Rihga Royal Hotel during that time. We went back to a few places we had been to before and tried some new ones. We both like Heian and Tenryuji and wanted to see them at a different time of year. We visited Myoshin Shrine and saw weeping cherry trees there, and there were only a few other people. Very delightful. That must be why I planted 2 weeping cherry trees when we got back. The deer have trimmed one so it no longer weeps and I’ll have to see if it recovers. We also spent 4 extra days in Tokyo. Saw some museums and temples but it is such a big city that it would take years to see everything.”

    I think this link will work to find the photos on Ken’s Destination Management facebook page, Great photo.

    June 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

  6. From Therese re “samurai schoolboys”:
    I thought your poem might be a Haiku and was chatting with Mum about it. I have updated the web credit with your poem being a Senryuu, hope that is right.
    From Margaret:
    I would defer to Hilary on all such matters. My word pictures were a way of capturing images and emotions while we were travelling – more vivid and personal in a way than photos. The 5-7-5 structure is a discipline to shape words; I don’t strictly follow the haiku ideals.

    One evening in Kyoto, exploring with Yevgeny, he took me to a beautiful square temple in a courtyard, not far from the main shopping street, but almost deserted. Two tiers of white lanterns were hung around the perimeter. It was breathtakingly simple. But when I turned around, a crescent moon was just about to sink into the silhouette of a pine tree.

    silver crescent moon
    lying on a bed of pines
    but lying to me

    Maybe closer to haiku form, but still personal: a dear friend who had grown up in Hungary, with a classical education, had been taught, in Latin, the “the moon lies” because when it looks like a C in the sky it was in fact waning, or decrescendo; when it looks like a D it was waxing, or crescendo, so the moon lies. Akos was delighted to find when he came to Australia that the moon didn’t lie! Waxing moons have a C shape in the southern hemisphere.
    But here in Kyoto, I was seeing a moon that was “lying” to me, and couldn’t resist the double meaning. I didn’t have my camera with me
    that night, but the image is so firmly fixed in my memory – words and image melded. Do the words evoke an image in your mind? Or does it require the visual experience first?

    January 23, 2014 at 9:17 PM

  7. Jan Brand

    Hi Therese,
    Margaret seems to have a wonderful knack for capturing the moment. Great!
    Its a lovely thought, about the moon so I could not resist adding this phrase from Chinese poet Yu Liangshi. “When I scoop up the water, I hold the moon in my hands It was on a sign outside a tea house we visited dd 1745.

    Following is my effort. I’ve sent the photo to you by email; as suggesed

    Cautious strangers meet
    Gold gingko leaves drifting by
    Touch departing friends.

    Cheers Jan

    January 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    • grannymargaret


      From: a & m king [mailto:margarth@netspace.net.au] Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:08 PM To: ‘Therese O’Leary’ Subject: RE: [New comment] Japan

      You are the catalyst for sharing memories with friends! Great images from Jan.

      42 degrees here today, so not much mental reserves left always hoping for the cool change so we can sleep and recover.



      January 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

  8. Aileen Wood was on our trip in 2011, she is dedicated to the identification of cultivated plants and has a plant named after her in recognition of work. It is the Eremophila woodier, a desert shrub. When I googled it I found this info:

    Eremophila, family Scrophulariaceae

    The genus Eremophila is endemic to Australia and has over 200 species occurring across the landscape. The new species, Eremophila woodiae, is a small resinous shrub with densely crowded linear leaves and purple tubular flowers. It is endemic to a small area in western central Queensland, but is locally common. Described by Mark Edginton and named in honour of Aileen Wood.

    and this web site


    Fantastic and well done.

    December 26, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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