Zuihitsu is a genre of Japanese literature that consists of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that respond to the author's surroundings. The term Zuihitsu translates to "follow the brush" and it's with this term in mind that this short film was created. stringing together shots in a stream of consciousness, connecting them loosely through colour, composition, movement and theme.
From the start, the film was intended to avoid associations with typical narrative or documentary style structures that relied on chronology or intellectual progression. Instead, the film has no definitive start or end and focuses on scenes that incorporate various Japanese aesthetics, such as asymmetry, ephemerality, simplicity and spontaneity which are incorporated in aesthetic concepts like wabi-sabi, iki and yugen.
All shots were taken in Japan during the Visual Communications Study Tour with a hand-held dslr camera and on-the-fly, resulting in spontaneous and atypical footage. While many shots are typically representative of Japan, a number of them could have been taken anywhere - the film is not intended to promote specific sites and activities but is a meditation on Japan and its culture, through its visual and philosophical aesthetics.
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