R.I.P. to Japanese Fantasy Artist and Illustrator, Noriyoshi Ohrai

http://anappendage.blogspot.com/2013/01/noriyoshi-ohrai.html
https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/makino/2015/08/21/the-unparalleled-japanese-artist-1-ohrai-noriyoshi-and-his-supreme-cinema-art-which-attracted-the-filmmaker-george-lucas-across-the-sea/
http://www.ucreative.com/articles/the-7-original-godzilla-posters-by-noriyoshi-ohrai/

One of the most extensive Yayoi Kusama retrospectives to be exhibited in Denmark…

at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, which is currently exhibiting a Lucien Freud collection as well. Lucky Danes!

http://en.louisiana.dk/exhibition/yayoi-kusama

Belladonna of Sadness soundtrack to receive reissue

Less than a month ago, I posted that the animated Japanese Psychedelic film, Belladonna of Sadness, was receiving both a restoration and eventual home video release. Well, according to Andy Votel’s twitter, his label, Finders Keepers Records, will be granting Masahiko Sato’s original score a much needed reissue, as well!

Japanese Psychedelic Anime, Belladonna of Sadness (1973), to receive restoration and US release. NSFW

From the clips I’ve seen, Belladonna of Sadness is beautiful (depressing plot, aside) and Psychedelic, lost nugget of seventies Japanese animation. In addition to the sumptuous visuals, the soundtrack is provided by Jazz pianist/composer, Masahiko Sato, known for his work with such musicians as Wolfgang Dauner, Albert Mangessdorff, Stomu Yamash’ta and Karl Berger, virtually guaranteeing that the audio-visual pairing will be stunning.

http://cinelicious.tv/news/anime-news-network-cinelicious-pics-to-restore-belladonna-of-sadness-for-u-s-release

Will someone please translate the documentary, Who’s Tadanori Yokoo, into English


Japan’s amazing rice paddy art

http://thechive.com/2015/07/17/japans-rice-paddy-art-is-awesome-24-photos/