Hiroshima

Perfume World Tour 3rd by Aisha Anime

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On Wednesday 12th a whole bunch of retro, new and groupies turned up the equisite Hammersmith Eventium Apollo to witness the 3rd world tour of Perfume! (However there second performance in the UK). 

Perfume is a Japanese pop girl group from Hiroshima, Japan, consisting of Ayano Ōmoto, Yuka Kashino, and Ayaka Nishiwaki. Formed in early 2000 In 2008 the group hit their peak with "Polyrhythm", which was chosen to be the theme song of a recycle campaign by NHK. Since then, all of their subsequent works shave ranked Top 3 in the charts. Their first original studio album, Game, released on April 16, 2008, became their first number one album in Japan. The sound of the band is a mix of synthpop, bubblegum pop, dance-pop and house music.

 

Here is the set list for the London tour:

Enter the Sphere    
Spring of life (Album-mix)    
Cling Cling    
ワンルーム・ディスコ    

MC - talking to the crowd :-)

ねぇ
SEVENTH HEAVEN    
Hold Your Hand

Interlude

Spending all my time (DV&LM Remix)
GAME        
Dream Fighter

-P.T.A. CORNER-

Party Maker    
GLITTER
チョコレイト・ディスコ (2012-Mix)    
ポリリズム    

Encore

Handy Man    
MY COLOUR

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It was fantastic to have the ladies talk to the crowd for a long period of time, the ladies talked about how sunny London was and how we should have bigger visors. They also asked for our cafe recommendations, to with people responded with Nandos, well you can buy coffee there i suppose ! Also nice to know they have never tried Pret a Manger before but absolutely love it. I have never seen such interaction with the audience before and welcome more - hopefully with a translator however Mr Mida from the crowd did a sufficient job of explaining what Nandos was to the ladies.

People also had the option of standing or sitting with a good view of the stage and there were a few screens to see the ladies in full view and the animations. The actual  light show and animations worked well with the more technological theme the ladies went with this year. With four dress changes and only a break to talk to the crowd they put on a great entertaining show keeping the crowd on their tip toes with enjoyment jumping up and down to classics such as CLING CLING and Game.

Worth the money and would love to see them again ! Thank you to Malcolm Critchell for the wonderful photos from the concert ~Aisha Anime~

All photos belong to are copyrighted to Malcolm Critchell

All photos belong to are copyrighted to Malcolm Critchell

Barefoot Gen by Aisha Anime

Barefoot Gen


Released: 1983
Director: Mori Masaki
Running time: 83 minutes
Genres: Anime, Japanese, War film, history

The Japan Foundation have hosted their venue to show a mix of contemporary and old movies that made a comment on Japanese history and society. I made a point to watching this anime because of the artist of the original manga.

Barefoot Gen originally was a Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa. Loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor. The film follows the perspective of six-year-old boy Gen Nakaoka, who lives in poverty with his family. The film sets up the scene of them working laboriously in the fields tending to the wheat fields to make wheat flour and sell for money in order to buy food. 

It is sad to see that Gen nor his siblings eat and anything that is available must be saved for his mother who is pregnant. This is possibly the most depressing part that they are all struggling let along with a baby on the way. 

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With an almost miscarriage, Gen does everything he can to help his family, not out of choice but necessity, if he can't who can? One of my favourite moments is when Gen and his brother sneak into a house to catch a carp to feed their mother to help her and the baby grow strong, they are caught by the owner and beaten but Gen gives a heart felt plea for his mother and insists he is beaten until he is allowed to keep the carp. The guy is shocked and lets them keep the carp

After many warning shots, one day on his way to school the inevitable happens and Hiroshima is destroyed by atom bomb. The animation used to show this is amazing. We see a girl near him, layer by layer being disintegrated from her clothes to her skin melting to his limbs being ripped off to her socks exploding and ashes. Gen is one of the lucky survivors, as most has been burt and mutated and are referred to as 'Ghosts'.

Now begins the struggle of not only poverty but the loss of his father, brother and sister, this was morbid to see them crushed but this was the reality of the situation. We hardly see relationships explored in the anime, as their simply was no time. Buildings are burning, they are looking for food, you look after your own and that is all. I would of liked to have known more about the doctor, the neighbors or the man with the carps but this anime was not slice of life.

Scenes of dead bodies, children, people monopolizing food follow however things do pan out and they gain shelter and Gen even finds his little brother's look a alike, Ryuto who they decide to adopt. Tomoko, his newborn sister is a ray of light. Gen and Ryuto looks for work to buy food and milk for the family especially Tomoko A man hires Gen to look after his brother Seiji, who has been burnt from head to toe and lives in filth as people refuse to clean him or stay within close proximity of him. We see his develop from a bitter human being with no interest in living or respect for the kids, who eventually warms up to the kids who bother to spend time with him and look after him. Seiji learns to paint with his teeth and gains joy for his hobby again. The kids leave with money to support themselves and he is left happy and with anew motivation to live despite his state.

Sadly things take a turn for the worse and all the aid comes too late and Tomoko dies from her rashes and undernourishment. The family pull together and carry on. 

This was a real eye opener to the tragedies of war, radioactive rain which helped kjill people further the Piku disease which could infect healthy people and kill the mass population. The Film ends where it began with the wheat. This was a great choice for the Japan Foundation to show as it was neutral  and did not pick sides of the Japanese or Americans.

For more information on the Japan Foundation and future film screenings go here

http://www.jpf.org.uk/

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