One of Japan’s most talented and prolific composers is Joe Hisaishi. According to People’s Daily (a Chinese paper), he has composed over 100 films and solo albums. To Western audiences, he is perhaps best known as the composer of all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to The Wind […]
On September 6, 2013, The Japan Times sponsored a press conference in which renowned director Hayao Miyazaki formally announced his retirement from animated feature films. Seated next to Mr. Miyazaki is his long-time colleague, producer Toshio Suzuki. I wish Mr. Miyazaki many more years of a happy, healthy and productive life.