A unicorn is usually defined as “a mythical animal generally depicted with the body and head of a horse with long flowing mane and tail and a single often spiraled horn in the middle of the forehead.” Or, they could’ve just gone with “A unicorn is Shohei Ohtani.”
My favorite film, If Anything Happens I Love You, was nominated for a 2021 Oscar for best animated short.
This great animated film doesn’t have dialogue, and depicts the deep grief of parents who lost their daughter in a school shooting.
Some scenes are very haunting and upsetting, and the result is extremely devastating, but it ultimately fills me with the hope for the future.
What I fear the most in my life is to lose my loved ones. I cannot bear to even imagine it. That’s why, I’m ashamed to say, I have hesitated to watch these types of films or documentaries before. Yes, confronting loss and grief is too painful, but now I found one thing through this beautiful film: seeing something with your own eyes, even if it’s art, not just seeing written words, is truly essential to interpreting ourselves and reviewing how we should live better.
If Anything Happens I Love You. This is the title of the film, but also the text message from the girl — whenever I think about the sorrow, depression, and love behind this message, I cannot help myself feeling so sad, but at the same time, I feel like this story rings a bell for everyone, that we might happen to come across this absolute worst part in our lives. Unfortunately, we tend to take our lives for granted, and easily forget how precious life is.
I’m so blessed that I am able to come across a film like this, that could be a kind of reminder for me to cherish every single moment of my life.
The 93rd Academy Awards will take place next week. I’m strongly hoping that this film will win the animated short Oscar.
It’s only twelve minutes long, the art style is minimal and colorless, and not a single word is spoken, but it truly, completely conveys an important message.
This gentle yet brilliant and powerful film is definitely worth watching for everyone who has loved ones.
It’s been a while since the last time I’ve posted here; the busy season is starting to ease up, and there’s finally time to share a little bit of my personal life on here.
Last September, my wife and I took advantage of the long weekend to explore the Noto Peninsula in northern Ishikawa — for whatever reason, we’d somehow never gotten around to visiting most of Noto, and there’s a lot up there to enjoy.
The Chirihama Beach Driveway is a popular destination, and for good reason: it’s a lot of fun to drive your car on a beach! (Incidentally, having a car made safely traveling during the pandemic a lot easier, especially because we made a point of doing things like eating meals at weird hours to avoid crowds whenever possible.)
Being able to drive directly on the beach seems like it shouldn’t be that exciting, but somehow it’s a really unique experience. The sand is, unsurprisingly, exceptionally hard, to the point where if you stomp on it, the most it might do is crack.
We stopped at a roadside rest area near the Chirihama Beach Driveway, to take advantage of their free car shower (to wash off the sand), and found a collection of fun sand sculptures!
In addition to this large main one by the entrance, there were a number of others around, presumably all sculpted by taking advantage of the incredibly fine, hard sand.
We continued our trip up along the coast with a late lunch at a charming little restaurant with an exceptional view and (importantly!) outdoor seating. What I didn’t expect was how they presented their menu:
Udon noodles with nori seaweed: ¥650.
Incidentally, their “business cards” were also small stones with their name and address hand-painted on. Very charming!
We finished our drive along the coast with a stop at an old-fashioned Agehama-style salt farm. In addition to the “real” hands-on experience, they also have a bucket of water where anyone can try out the technique they use to sprinkle the seawater onto the sand (so they can concentrate the saltiness before washing it off and cooking it out into salt). It’s much harder than it looks — you need to twist your wrist as you throw out the water! (Special thanks to my lovely wife, for serving as the model in this video)
If you’re ever in Noto, I definitely recommend stopping by and trying this out in particular! I could have spent all afternoon trying to perfect my saltwater-throwing technique. And of course, there’s plenty more to see and do in Noto, but that’ll have to wait for another day.