For those of you familiar with Hayao Miyazaki, this little entry needs no elucidation. I first became aware of his work when we took our much younger daughter to see Ponyo. As parents of an adopted child, this masterpiece really had some resonance with us as adults… and the little one liked it too. Last night we went to see his most recent American release, The Wind Rises. This anime feature was a historical drama, and the youngsters didn’t get it in the same way that I, born in the early years of WWII, did. Of course those of us of a certain age, will remember Jiro as the designer of that most famous of Mitsubishi planes… the Zero… that very fast but under armored Zeke.

Anyway, thanks to my daughter, I have now seen almost all of Miyazaki’s films. You will need to see, Spirited Away, Castle In The Sky, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

I don’t know why Miyazaki’s work has resonated to deeply with me, but I’m going to catch up on the rest of it and I’ll find out.

And you should too!


  1. Comment made on March 18, 2014 by Kenny Amanuma

    the museum is called ‘Jiburi no Mori’

    Kenny Amanuma

  2. Comment made on March 18, 2014 by Kenny Amanuma

    There is museum of Miyazaki in Tokyo,Japan.Hope that will be you and your little one’s destination when Hot Tuna tour my country Japan In April.The location is not on top of my head,,Worth visiting,as many people say.

  3. Comment made on March 18, 2014 by Hamneggs

    My neighbor Totoro 🙂
    Love All Ways

  4. Comment made on March 17, 2014 by bruce

    hey boss…enjoyed yer comments on Mike Bloomfield in the new Vintage Guitar mag…

  5. Comment made on March 17, 2014 by bob b.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    I admit I missed some of your winter shows I should have attended. Great set lists. Looking forward to your touring; notably Wilmington and then ELECTRIC in Bergen and Toms River. Last summers Ocean City jam was priceless.
    Thanks to the gang!
    Your Pal,
    bob b.

  6. Comment made on March 17, 2014 by Doug Dugan

    I have seen all of Miyazaki’s films with my kids, except this new one. The difference between his films and the shallow clap-trap that Hollywood releases to our children is staggering.

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