In Mie Prefecture, on the east coast of Japan, I learned stories of sea demons, underwater dragon palaces, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu.
Charming is an independent short film about the fairy tale hero, Prince Charming. Why does he save all these princesses, & what is his happy ending like?
With spring arriving, it's almost time to celebrate Ostara and the vernal equinox. This year, it falls on March 20th. The vernal equinox is when night and day are mostly equal, signalling the end of the dark winter nights. Ostara is one of the Pagan sabbats, and takes its name from the goddess Ostara. She is... Continue Reading →
In Western countries, there are stories of the man in the moon. But in Japanese folklore, instead it's a mochi-making rabbit.
I've been thinking a lot about hearts recently. They're funny things, aren't they? Or at least our perception of them is. When we talk of hearts, instead of organs pumping blood around our bodies they become personified, almost magical things capable of love and adventure. They are strong and wild, and do not listen to reason. Can't... Continue Reading →
Deer legends are found all over the world, and they have a lot to say about how we interact with wildlife.
I'm sure you've heard of Hello Kitty, and possibly how she's actually a British schoolgirl (if you haven't then read that article, and prepare to gawp with incredulity for at least 10 minutes). But what about Sanrio's other characters? There are many of them, and they all have their own stories. In the case of My Melody, her... Continue Reading →
There's a lot of hype about Beauty and the Beast at the moment, with Disney's live action film on the horizon, the legendary Angela Lansbury taking to the stage to sing on the animated film's 25th anniversary, and the English release of La Belle et la Bête. To add to this melting pot of excitement,... Continue Reading →
August 26th. From 2009 onwards, I am able to tell you what I was doing on this day every year. Every summer, for those twenty-four hours, I'm sixteen again and wondering how life can be so cruel. In my hometown, the summer after high school is all about exam results, first jobs in beach shops, firework displays,... Continue Reading →