love-seoul-korea asked: So, after spending 4 months in Japan and returning to the States, I'm curious... did you experience reverse-culture shock?
1. When I stepped off the plane in America, I noticed that Americans looked HUGE. Japanese people are all so slender I guess I had gotten used to assuming everybody looked that way.
2. Driving and biking on the left/right/wrong side of the road.
3. The food portions. I had a hard time dealing with the small portion size of Japanese food, so the first few days I was back in America I stuffed my face.
Overall, I think I had less reverse culture-shock than I would have if I had gone to almost any other country. Japan is very Americanized, which made it easier to fit in as a 留学生 (ryugakusei - international student), but also disappointing because it sometime obscured the Japanese culture underneath - the reason I had come to Japan.
At 2 pm Korea time on Tuesday, South Korea started a 90-minute long firing drill near the island of Yeonpyeong, where North Korea fired on South Korea last month.
If you don’t know, there’s a bit of tension between North and South Korea. But, no big deal, you know?
Big deal. People were…
My friend from Colby is in Seoul right now. Glad you’re okay, Yuri. Stay safe.
Beset with writer’s block, Robert Benchley typed the word The, thinking it “as safe a start as any.”
Then he left for an hour with friends.
On returning to his room he regarded the solitary word, alone on its expanse of blank paper.
He typed hell with it and “went out happily for the evening.”(via)
Sometimes I wish our president would reel off witty banter while weilding a firearm.
Anonymous asked: Why are you so awesome?
Might have something to do with my superhuman chocolate milk consuming abilities.
This is Kappa Zushi, our favorite sushi restaurant in Hirakata, for obvious reasons.
Corn sushi. With mayo. Corn. Sushi.
Much more effective than sticks and coal.
Orson Welles, director Carol Reed (right), and Joseph Cotten (seated, left) have tea on the set of The Third Man before recording the cuckoo clock speech (1949, via Paul Duncan’s Welles)
Q. What was Welles like to work with?
Carol Reed: Wonderful! Marvelous!
Q. He didn’t try to direct himself?
Reed: He was difficult only about the starting date, telling me how busy he was with this & that. So I said, “Look, we’re going on location five weeks. Any week - give us two days notice, we’ll be ready for you. And give me one week out of seven in the studio.” He kept to it. He came straight off the train in Vienna one morning, and we did his first shot by nine o’clock. “Jeez,” he said, “this is the way to make pictures!” He walked across the Prater, said two lines to [co-star Joseph] Cotten, and then I said, “Go back to the hotel, have breakfast; we’re going into the sewers, and we’ll send for you.” “Great! Wonderful!”
He comes down into the sewers and says, “Carol, I can’t play this part!” “What’s the matter?” “I can’t do it. I can’t work in a sewer. I come from California! My throat! I’m so cold!” I said, “Look. Orson, in the time it’s taking us to talk about this, you can do the shot. All you do is stand there, look off and see some police after you, turn, and run away.” “Carol,” he said, “Look, get someone else to play this. I cannot work under such conditions. “Orson, Orson, we’re lit for you. Just stand there.” “All right, but do it quick!” Then he looks off, turns away, and runs off into the sewers. Then all of a sudden I hear a voice shouting. “Don’t cut the cameras! Don’t cut the cameras! I’m coming back!”
He runs back, through the whole river, stands underneath a cascade over his head - this out of camera range, mind you! - and does all sorts of things, so that he came away absolutely dripping. “How was that?” he asks. “Wonderful Marvelous!” I said. “Okay. I’ll be back at the hotel. Call me when you need me.”
With Orson you know, everything has to be a drama. But there were no arguments of any sort at all.
-1972, excerpted from Charles Thomas Samuel’s Encountering Directors
Japan, my destination.