A short film I created on my first trip to Japan, inspired by spring, trains, planes, and all the people that I met along the way. I created the film using every single photo and clip I shot, excluding the rolls of film went through an old Nikon.
There is so much to see in Japan, too much to possibly fit in my short two weeks there. The place is simultaneously modern and ancient and is imperceptibly pervaded by some restrained sense of order, a feeling both foreign and familiar. You see it in the rock gardens, you feel it weaving through Shibuya Crossing, even in the bend of an evergreen. It was all so beautiful. With not much more than a few words in my vocabulary and no reading ability, I learned what it feels like to be illiterate. You eat what you can point at on a menu, navigate by the color of a train line, and make a fool of yourself playing charades with the locals. I got lost, tried different foods, walked for miles in the wrong direction, missed my train, caught a boat in the night, and in the end discovered myself again.
Thank you to all of my friends that traveled with me along the way, to my gracious hosts Eduardo, Kiki, Dairik, Fukutaro, Tina, Hidemi, and to my old friends Jeremy, Travis, and Kristen. I made this with you all in mind.
live performance by the Sneaker Pumpkins, Osaka
"Folk I Farta"
"You Are So Beautiful"
Performed by the kindly bar owner at a pub I can't remember the name of in Osaka.