Friday, January 18, 2019

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival

Image and text borrowed from 
Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival web page.

Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as TDF) is a film festival where all the films are selected by the Deaf staff. ​
It is held every 2 years in Shibuya, Tokyo by both the Deaf and hearing staff altogether. ​

The main theme of the films screened in this festival is Deaf itself, and they are mostly feature films. ​​

The main goal of the TDF is to contribute to the development of the Deaf society and the Deaf art, and to create a place where both the Deaf and the hearing can come together and understand each other by providing both the hearing and also the Deaf themselves with films concerned with the Deaf society with sign language and the Deaf culture. ​

There are lots of various events held in the TDF such as film screenings with a kinema-interpreter in sign language, Japanese film screenings with Japanese subtitles, talk shows and symposiums with guests both from Japan and overseas, a photo exhibition, and workshops.

May 31, 2019 – June 3, 2019
Venue: EuroLive in Shibuya, Tokyo

Read more at the Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival web page (in Japanese, English, American Sign Language and International Sign):

Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 New Year's Pilgrimage to Hozanji (Ikoma, Nara, Japan)

One of my favorite places in Japan... for the journey on the the winding mountain roads, for the natural setting, for the unlimited photo ops, for the spirituality, for the tako yaki and amazake, for the visual anthropology of Japan. Once again the New Year gives me the opportunity to visit Hozanji. Check out this year's pilgrimage photos and scroll down to the links to see previous VAOJ coverage.

See more of Hozanji through the years on VAOJ:

2011 Hozanji shots:

2012 Hozanji shots:

2013 Hozanji shots:

2014 Hozanji shots:

2016 Hozanji shots:

2018 Hozanji shots: