6.5.16: The Last Hurrah

We woke up to the sound of rain and happy birds. After a delicious breakfast of mochi made by Mr. Kawakami, we set off with our hosts, artist Ken Kageyama and his son Hosaku, to a park that had a series of temples and shrines in it. We sat and had ice cream and soft drinks on top of a very steep hill and then it was time to go. We had a very windy drive through tiny country lanes but finally got to the train station and headed back to Tokyo. We never got to see Kamakura’s famous giant Buddha but what we experienced was way better!

We arrived at Harajuku Station two hours later and headed straight to Blum & Poe to set up for a Caffenol workshop followed by the premiere of The Sound We See: Tokyo. Awesome instrumental duo Lo-Shi (who fearlessly volunteered to create a live soundtrack for a film they’ve never seen) arrived and everyone pitched in to set up all the instruments and the projection equipment. We were ready to go by seven and quite a few people showed up! The movie–shown exactly as it was shot without a single cut or edit–turned out great and the soundtrack was a perfect match. Everyone was amazed and excited by the combination. Once we were all cleaned up, it was time to say goodbye to all our new friends. We went to a hotel and got a well earned good night sleep!


Filed under: Japan Spring 2016, The Sound We See: Tokyo


Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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