Here is a short clip of my long-time friend, Rodney Johnson, that taught me the ins-and-outs of living in Osaka, Japan back in the early 90’s.
Entitled STRUGGLE AND SUCCESS: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN and filmed by Reggie life, the program was widely acclaimed. Broadcast twice on NHK, it is currently in release on PBS. The program has also been exhibited all over America via a national tour sponsored by the National Association of Japan Societies and toured Japan courtesy of the American Centers of the United States Information Service of the Department of State, the Foreign Correspondents Club, the International House of Japan and other Japan-based grassroots organizations. Mr. Life first came to Japan in 1990 on a fellowship from Bunka-cho and the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent six months observing the work of Yamada Yoji during his production of Tora San #43, and traveling throughout Japan. He is also the recipient of an Ushiba Memorial Fellowship. He received his BA from Tufts University, his M.F.A. from New York University and enriched his studies at Harvard University in Cinema Studies. Mr. Life currently lives in upstate New York and travels to Japan frequently.