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I began this blog in 2006 while teaching a course on the relationship between Japanese and Western cinema at Kanagawa University and named it after the cosy corner of Bunkyo-ku where I was living. What began as a chronicle of whatever I happened to find at the video store transformed into a journey into the world of Japanese Art Animation upon the discovery of an exhibition of the work of Tomoyasu Murata in a tiny gallery on Hongo Dori. Now living in Germany, my love of Japanese cinema is reinvigorated annually by Nippon Connection.

I am writing a book about Japanese Independent Animation. Japanese animators and independent filmmakers who would like their work reviewed on this blog should contact me via Facebook or nishikataeiga(at)gmail.com.

You can support this blog and the filmmakers featured on it by purchasing their work at:

My writing has also been featured in:

 Midnight Eye (2007-2011)

Blogcritics (2006-2007)

You can listen to me as a featured guest on the Vcinema Podcast:

I have also been featured on the German language culture blog Schöner Denken:

Thank you for dropping by,

Catherine Munroe Hotes, PhD. in Film and Visual Culture (Exeter, UK)


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