Japan Culture Lab

This short series of humoristic instructional videos about Japanese customs was written and directed in 2001 by Namikibashi, a comedy duo composed of Kentaro Kobayashi and Junji Kojima, and produced by the Japanese Culture Lab. The concept is to explain in each sort film one particular aspect of the Japanese culture that can be obscure to foreigners but this is done in a humoristic, often exaggerated way.

The series was presented at several international festivals and it received prizes including the short film distinction at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.

The full series of video tackles on topics such as:

  • Feast
  • Chopsticks
  • Origami
  • Summer
  • Bon vacation
  • Tea
  • Apology
  • Onigiri
  • Hand tightened
  • Kneeling down on the ground
  • Sushi

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Guillaume Erard
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Founder of the site in 2007, Guillaume has a passion for Japanese culture and martial arts. After having practiced Judo during childhood, he started studying Aikido in 1996, and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 2008. He currently holds the ranks of 4th Dan in Aikido (Aikikai) and 2nd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (Takumakai). Guillaume is also passionate about science and education and he holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology since 2010. He currently lives in Tokyo and works as a consultant for medical research. > View Full Profile

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