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Enso, A Brian Parker Film, Tokyo, Japan

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Here is the latest from Brian Parker Film, “Enso,” the second film in the Tokyo Trilogy project. The term Ensō originates from the Zen Buddhist concept of a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

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Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

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Jirro707 sent a reply to a query posed by Baye McNeil (Loco in Yokohama) in response to a recent Japan Times article, Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show, that addresses a planned Fuji TV performance by the group Rats & Star on March 7, 2015. In the Japan Times piece, McNeil writes: Or,…

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My mother is your mother too.

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  This is the image I think about whenever people start talking about segregation and apartheid. When people like Ayako Sano spout nonsensical ideas like “aparthied is a good thing“, from yesteryear. When I hear stupid polititians like Mississippi State Rep. Gene Alday say all the “Blacks in their districts have crazy welfare checks so I’m…

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Black Tokyo Monogatari: Stereotypical Black Women in Japan

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With the latest “look at me, I’m in blackface” misunderstanding” or as I like to call it “Black Ships and Blackface, How Perry Opened Japan to the West,” and yet another prominent columnist praising racial segregation under apartheid as a model for Japanese immigration policy in a leading right-wing Japanese newspaper, the Sankei Shimbun, it…

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