Kagawa Kyoko on the cover of 映画ファン
"I quickly became accustomed to the life of a loner and a drifter. And like a drifter I would spend each evening wandering around the livelier parts of Osaka. But even when I went off on these expeditions to Shinsaibashi or the area around Dotombori, it was not so much as the main thoroughfares that attracted me, with their glowing streetlamps in fanciful designs, their brightly shining storefront chandeliers and colorful neon signs. I preferred strolling along the darker back streets, where a candle flickered or a stick of incense stood smoldering in front of a streetside Jizo shrine, where in the upstairs room of some lattice-fronted house a naked light bulb shone dimly over the top of a mosquito net, or a desk lamp cast its glow on a work bench where someone was repairing clocks."
[Oda, pg. 133.]
[Oda, Sakunosuke. “The State of the Times.” Stories of Osaka Life. Trans. Burton Watson. New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1990.]
This video is for me as essential as that last footage of the Tasmanian Tiger or the final photographs of the Japanese Wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax), not simply because it tugs at the strings of nostalgia but because it proves a point. The warabimochi jingle was a topic of some contention between myself and some friends born late in the Showa Era; this video while not up to the standards of quality I’d hope it to be, still proves a point that such trucks and their songs did (and do) exist.
(1971; Mike Hodges)
Parker said, “You people have forty-five thousand dollars of my money. You’ll give it to me.”
Mr. Carter shook his head. “The request would never be approved. The organization would certainly decline to-“
Parker interrupted. “The funnies call it the syndicate. The goons and hustlers call it the Outfit. You call it the organization. I hope you people have fun with your words. But I don’t care if you call yourselves the Red Cross, you owe me forty-five thousand dollars and you’ll pay me back whether you like it or not.”
|—||Roger Angell, from “Agincourt and After” (1975)|