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  • 19 Dec 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.vogue.co.jp/fashion/news/2017-12/14/lululemon

  • 19 Dec 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    https://mainichi.jp/articles/20171213/dyo/00m/200/026000c

  • 19 Dec 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Appointment opportunities

    We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada’s appointment process is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

    The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country interested in the following positions:

    Canadian Representatives, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) (part-time)

    The Prime Minister and the Minister of International Trade seek to ensure that Canadians benefit from dynamic trade and investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific region through participation in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). ABAC is the primary vehicle to ensure the private sector plays a leading role in shaping the APEC agenda. The role of ABAC representatives is to provide advice to APEC Leaders from a business perspective on how to strengthen trade in the Asia-Pacific region. ABAC members participate in four annual ABAC meetings, hosted by various APEC economies, and the annual ABAC Dialogue with APEC Leaders on the margins of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit. ABAC members can also participate in ABAC working groups.

    The role of Canadian ABAC members is critical in providing a Canadian perspective within APEC on challenges or best practices relating to trade and investment faced by Canadian companies engaged in the Asia-Pacific region. Canadian ABAC members have the mandate to engage the broader Canadian business community to gather information on issues within the APEC region, and provide recommendations that could help facilitate trade and investment flows. ABAC members also provide advice to the Government of Canada on APEC policy issues. They are called upon to make regular reports to the Prime Minister detailing their own priorities and activities at ABAC, findings from their consultations with the Canadian business community, and insights on what ABAC intends to present to APEC Leaders.

    ABAC comprises of up to three members of the private sector from each APEC member economy (list of current ABAC members).

    Candidates must apply on-line by January 7, 2018 via the Global Affairs Canada website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Convenor of the Selection Committee, Ms. Rosaline Kwan. Your cover letter, CV and the application form should be sent only through the online application.


    http://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/appointments-nominations/notices-avis/2017-12-08-abac.aspx?lang=eng

  • 14 Dec 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Get ready to slurp up some delicious ramen. Hot Docs 2017 audience favourite RAMEN HEADS comes to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on December 22. 

    RAMEN HEADS

    Ramen, the beloved and deceptively simple combination of slurpable broth and noodles, is a traditional Japanese dish that many may enjoy, but that a few elevate to an art. Osamu Tomita, one of the most revered ramen chefs in Japan, takes viewers on a tour of the best ramen shops in his country while serving up secrets, recipes and insight into the philosophy and history of the culinary phenomenon. There are fewer foods more comforting than a hot bowl of ramen—especially in the winter—and Ramen Heads will leave you with both an insatiable craving and a new appreciation for the chefs who make it so delicious.

    In Japanese with English subtitles.

    Details: http://ow.ly/CNzW30gm8hC

    Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3E9MGOK4LY


  • 12 Dec 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mountain-legacy-project-website-climate-change-1.4443322

  • 12 Dec 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

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    ACCLAIMED ANIMATED FEATURES FROM STUDIO GHIBLI

    ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD FALL 2017

    FROM GKIDS, DISTRIBUTED BY SHOUT! FACTORY

     

    Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release several titles from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films this fall on Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack and on DVD, presenting to fans significant upgrades to one of the world’s most coveted animation collections. Studio Ghibli films Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke come to home entertainment shelves on October 17, 2017. Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind will be released on October 31, and The Secret World of Arrietty and Porco Rosso will follow on November 21.

    Each release comes complete with bonus features, and in select cases the bonus features have never before been seen on home media in North America. All combo pack releases will also include booklets with stunning art and statements from the film’s directors and producers.

    *Note: Complete bonus features are listed below. All yellow highlighted features are material that is new and/or improved from previous releases in North America.

    Link to press materials:
     https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m4jxqckl25uc98f/AADupYPi1f9iShtIycaZCROHa?dl=0


     

    October 17, 2017                   Spirited Away                  SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD   


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    Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.

    Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • NTV Special (on DVD)

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • TV Spots

    • Behind the Microphone

    • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

       

    October 17, 2017             My Neighbor Totoro           SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children.  Totoro and his friends   introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki which features the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in one of their earliest roles. 

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • Behind the Microphone

    • Textless Opening and End Credits

    • Creating My Neighbor Totoro

    • Creating the Characters

    • The Totoro Experience

    • The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro

    • Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

       

    October 17, 2017                 Howl’s Moving Castle                SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    From the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award®-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
      
    Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:
    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • TV Spots

    • Interview with Diana Wynne Jones

    • Miyazaki’s Visit to Pixar

    • Explanation of CG

    • The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack

    • Behind the Microphone

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s Statement and more

       

    October 17, 2017                             Ponyo                         SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD
     

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    From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a heartwarming family adventure, now featuring hours of new bonus features never-before-released in North America!

    When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, rescues a stranded goldfish named Ponyo, he discovers more than he bargained for. Ponyo is a curious, energetic young creature who yearns to be human, but even as she causes chaos around the house, her father, a powerful sorcerer, schemes to return Ponyo to the sea. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Miyazaki’s breathtaking, imaginative world is brought to life with an all-star cast, featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • TV Spots

    • The Five Geniuses Who Created Ponyo

    • Press Conference: Theme Song Announcement

    • Behind the Microphone

    • Opening Event at Hibiya Scala-Za Theatre

    • Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

    • Interview with Toshio Suzuki

    • Theme Song Music Video

    • Hayao Miyazaki Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

    • Creating Ponyo

    • Ponyo & Fujimoto

    • The Nursery

    • Scoring Miyazaki

    • Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story

    • The Locations of Ponyo

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements and Lyrics  

       

    October 17, 2017               Kiki’s Delivery Service                 SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service is a coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

    It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and fly off into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her new journey with her sarcastic black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where her unique skills make her an instant sensation. Don’t miss this delightfully imaginative and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world, featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman, and Debbie Reynolds. 

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • Ursula’s Painting

    • Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service

    • Producer’s Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki

    • Behind the Microphone

    • The Locations of Kiki’s Delivery Service

    • Kiki & Jiji

    • Flying with Kiki & Beyond

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

     

    October 17, 2017                  Princess Mononoke              SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD
     

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    Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity. 

    Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.  

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • TV Spots

    • Princess Mononoke in USA

    • Behind the Microphone

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

       

    October 31, 2017                  Castle in the Sky               SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD
     

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    Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

    This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest won’t be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control. Featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Hamill.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • Promotional Video

    • Behind the Microphone

    • Scoring Miyazaki

    • Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki

    • Creating Castle in the Sky

    • Textless Opening and End Credits

    • Character Sketches

    • Additional English Mix of the Film

    • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements
       


    October 31, 2017        Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind        SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    Experience Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed sci-fi epic, whose success would lead to the founding of the legendary Studio Ghibli!

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic masterpiece of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time.

    A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects.  The peaceful Valley of the Wind is nestled on the edge of the Toxic Forest and led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, whose love of all living things leads her into terrible danger, as she fights to restore balance between humans and nature. Featuring the voices of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos and Shia LaBeouf. 

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

    • Audio Commentary with Hideaki Anno and Kazuyoshi Katayama

    • Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno: “Nausicaä and Evangelion! The Whereabouts of the Giant Warrior?”

    • Behind the Microphone

    • Creating Nausicaä

    • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

       

    November 21, 2017           The Secret World of Arrietty              SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    From the creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, comes a gorgeous and adventure-filled adaptation of The Borrowers, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time.

    In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live out of sight of humans. But when brave and tiny Arrietty is out gathering supplies, she is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, and they begin to form a friendship that blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. This sumptuously animated and heartwarming story features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias and Carol Burnett.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:
    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • Interview with Hiromasa Yonebayashi

    • Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

    • Arrietty’s Song Music Video

    • 8-Page Booklet with Producer’s Statement

       

    November 21, 2017                     Porco Rosso                    SRP $19.96 DVD / $29.95 BD&DVD


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    From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea.

    Porco Rosso is a world-weary flying ace-turned-bounty hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and a sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

    Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

    • Feature-Length Storyboards

    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    • Interview with Toshio Suzuki

    • Behind the Microphone

    • Textless Open and End Credits

    • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

       

    About GKIDS

    GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations – including The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris, Song of the Sea, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and My Life as a Zucchini, among others. GKIDS also distributes the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world's most coveted animation collections with titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and others.  This fall, GKIDS is launching ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival produced in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety Magazine. The first edition unspools October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

     

    About Shout! Factory

    Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.



  • 12 Dec 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

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    “A gorgeously animated wartime story”
    – The Globe and Mail
     

    “Haunting, Dreamlike…powerful” – Andrew Lapin, NPR 

    “A gorgeous, contemplative, and thoroughly moving piece of work”

    – Kyle Anderson, Nerdist

     

                   

     

     


    In This Corner of the World

     

                

     
     Critically Acclaimed Film Available Everywhere November 14th, 2017 as a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Download Combo Pack
     
     

    An epowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Annecy Film Festival and the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy Awards, this stunningly animated film makes its home entertainment debut on November 14th,  2017 as a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Download Combo Pack. The release also includes the bonus features A Look at Post-Screening Q&As with director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki featurette, as well as 16-page preview of the graphic novel that inspired the film and the original theatrical trailer. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

     

    Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, and brought to life by acclaimed filmmaker Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle) and producer Taro Maki In This Corner of the World tells the emotional story of Suzu, a young girl from Hiroshima, who’s just become a bride in the nearby city of Kure during World War II. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during the war. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives. 

     

    In This Corner Of The World Bonus Features:

    • A Look at Post-Screening Q&As with director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki featurette

    • A 16-page preview of the graphic novel that inspired the film

    • Original Theatrical Trailer

     

    About Shout! Factory

    Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


    Link to press materials:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2fz2twpatx5h51g/AACdA_qf-QtaqElF2_cbgq0


  • 12 Dec 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer "KKC Study Tour to Japan 2018" for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.

    Please find full information about the program here:

    http://www.us-japan.org/programs/kkc/k2018/index.html

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