|Pizza Hut Pizza in Japan|
|View of the Okazaki sunset from my window|
おおかみ子どもの雨と雪 by director Mamoru Hosoda (surname first). For those of you who are not familiar with anime movies, he is the same director that produced The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, and I have been waiting for the chance to see this gorgeous movie since it the trailer was first released last December. The movie is about a woman named Hana who falls in love with a man who can change into a wolf, and has two children with him. Unfortunately, the wolf man is killed when he is spotted in wolf form, and Hana must raise her two children alone. Since the children can also transform, they move from Tokyo to the country, and the movie follows the two children growing up. It truly is a fantastic film.
As for the theater experience itself, it is much different than American theaters. The ticket prices are slightly more expensive (1000円, or about $12.50) per person, but the concessions are slightly cheaper, so I guess it balances out. Unlike in the United States, where you buy a ticket and then seek out a place to sit when you get into the theater, in Japan you must choose which seats you want on a seating chart. Your tickets will actually have your chosen seat numbers printed directly on the ticket. Also, in the movie theater lobby itself there is a kiosk where official movie memorabilia from released and upcoming films is available for purchase. Also, the theater is extremely clean -- I seriously think you could eat off of the floor -- but then again, I have yet to see a single piece of litter in Japan. Trash, and especially recycling, is taken to another level here, but that is a topic for another day...
Anyways, the night at the movies was quite an enjoyable experience. I need to finish my 宿題 and get some sleep for tomorrow's class, so またね。 I will leave you with an awesome trailer of the upcoming live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, hitting Japanese theaters soon..... a week after I leave >.<