It’s hard to put into words that ephemeral, electric feeling you get when you first come to Japan. We’ve tried, but can’t. Fortunately, South Australia based filmmaker David Anthony Parkinson recently visited Japan with his girlfriend and his images portray this sensation rather expertly. Set to Message To Bears’ time-stopping remix of Bon Iver’s Holocene, Parkinson’s film is an evocative, slow-motion love letter to Japan.
Through halls of neon lights, Geisha, trains with actual legroom and bars with Shochu that’ll burn your throat and possibly your soul, Parkison takes us on an intimate voyage through Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido. Somewhere amidst these images, there’s the sense of Parkinson as a cosmic observer; not judging but simply seeing, cataloging gifts bestowed to anyone who comes here with an open heart.
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Lately it seems visitors to Japan are capturing beautiful, hidden facets of this place in glorious HD, as we also saw in Lukas Backland’s Tokyo video. We hope they’ll keep doing so!
(Editor’s note: The author of this piece was promptly fired for failing to include even one single dick joke.)