September 17, 2014: Japan Day #7!

No.  No!  Day #7?!!!  It's almost over!  In a matter of days, I'll be back in Vancouver, scrambling to plan and pack and make my way to Toronto for a seven month stay - one month of advance prep in which we'll be filling out the director's schedule, approving designs, hiring DOP's and editors, start…

February 2, 2012: Tokyo Day #6! Samurai Joe, Nodaiwa, Faro!

We started the day by checking out the surroundings - and it don't get any closer than the Imperial Hotel itself.  We strolled through the shops on the basement level where we happened across a place called Shokendo, a shop that sells and displays antique Japanese swords.  Mrs. Aota struck up a conversation with the…