Ocean Waves (1993)

Director: Tomomi Mochizuki
Writers: Saeko Himuro (novel), Keiko Niwa (screenplay) (as Kaori Nakamura

As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.



Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)

Meari to majo no hana (original title)

Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New
Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami

Based on “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.



We Make Antiques! (2018)

Uso happyaku (original title)

Director: Masaharu Take
Writer: Shin Adachi (screenplay)
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kuranosuke Sasaki

Set in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Norio (Kiichi Nakai) works as an antique dealer and Sasuke (Kuranosuke Sasaki) is a potter. Important historical figure Sen no Rikyu’s chaki (tea utensil) appears in front of them.


I really appreciate how Japanese makes movies–they include as much intricate details. When in flights, I usually just watch light movies, and this one is so worth it! Not only is it entertaining because of the comedy factor, but also for its art content.


The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (original title)

Based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

Director: Isao Takahata

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.


Magical plot told in great visuals.


Yuri!!! On Ice (2016)


Director: Sayo Yamamoto
Writer: Mitsurō Kubo

Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki faces a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix finals and heads home, unsure of whether or not he wishes to continue his skating career. After a video of Yuri mimicking Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov’s routine goes viral, Victor decided to become Yuri’s coach, much to the dismay of his coach, his fans, and his fellow Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky.


Because who doesn’t love watching a show about figure skating?? Thanks to this show, my love for (watching) figure skating came rushing back. When I was younger, I used to watch skating competitions on TV because I think it’s a beautiful sport. This series is very enjoyable on so many levels. Every single character in this series is loveable!

Everyone’s crush, Victor ❤


Gotta love Yuri’s perseverance.



Your Name (2016)


Kimi no na wa. (original title)

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita

Two high school kids who’ve never met – city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha – are united through their dreams.


One of the best films I’ve seen this year. I’ve seen similar films, but there’s just something enchanting about this one that sets it apart from the others. It probably speaks to me more being someone who regards dreams as really magical. I love it so much as a matter of fact I am watching it again. (Not to mention right now the OST is on loop on spotify.)