I’ll admit to being a little bummed since my return to cold, rainy, overcast Vancouver. I must now come to terms with the fact that the excitement of those two weeks in Tokyo are, sadly, behind me, along with the infectious energy of the city itself, its fine restaurants, and the many wonderful friends I made while I was there. So I was sitting in the office, moping yesterday, when my writing partner, Paul, helpfully put it into perspective for me: “In Japan, you were interesting. Here, not so much.”.
Oh, hey, speaking of Japan, there was one more surprise in the Tuesday line-up I failed to mention. Sitting in my mailbox was a postcard from Hideki Ishikawa, chef and owner of Michelin 3 star Ishikawa in Tokyo which I visited and wrote about here: http://josephmallozzi.com/2009/12/01/december-1-2009-tokyo-travel-day-7-gordon-ramsay-mo-shibuya-stroll-ishikawa-and-i-mean-it-this-time/ while in town. Among the many highlights of my meal there was Ishikawa-san’s presence. Despite the fact that we were dining in a private room while he was in the main room seeing to a dozen other hungry guests, he made it a point to come by every so often to see how we were doing, discuss my travels and interest in Japanese cuisine, and even see us off at night’s end, standing curbside and waving as we motored off in our taxi. An incredibly genial and humble man. In the postcard, he thanks me for visiting the restaurant and for the kindness I showed him (it was really the other way around). He hopes I enjoyed the dinner and my Japan trip and looks forward to seeing me again in November 2010. Which he most definitely will!
No progress on the script front. In fact, I re-read the eighteen pages I have so far and hated it. Carl, who is having an equally tough time, told me about an interview he read with David Chase in which The Sopranos creator revealed that, in his many years working on television, he had met only one writer who actually enjoyed writing – and that was Stephen J. Cannell. I’ve never met Stephen J. Cannell, so I’ve met none.
On the bright side, we did do some more spinning and, thanks to Brad and Rob’s frenzied back-and-forth, have worked out the series finale. Yep, it’s true. We have a definite ending for this grand adventure – but it’s one we wont’ be getting around to for a while.
Today, Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela was in to show us temp shots for Pain, Incursion I, and Incursion II. Let’s just say that those of you yearning for space-faring action are in for a treat.
Apologies for the late blog entry. I was at dinner with one of my Tokyo friends – Angela the flight attendant – who is in town on a lengthy lay-over.
And, hey, I think I’ve found myself a Japanese tutor, someone with whom I can finally practice my Japanese conversation – which means I’ll no longer have to frequent Japanese restaurants just to badger the waitresses for chitchat.