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I’m completely charmed by this short film by Japanese director, Kosai Sekine. Not only does it satisfy my deep love of Japan, Japanese convenience stores and eccentricity in general, but it has a subtle message about being your true self and finding where you belong in the world.

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  1. Love it! Though parts of it nearly gave me an anxiety attack. 🙂

  2. Great little film. I didn’t know what a bonesetter was, so I found this definition:

    A bonesetter is a practitioner of joint manipulation. Before the advent of chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists, bonesetters were the main providers of this type of treatment in the world. Bonesetters would also reduce joint dislocations and ‘re-set’ bone fractures.

    Bob Weisenberg

  3. very sweet!

  4. Great little film. I feel for the guy. You should see my desk. It’s very neat.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this Roseanne! It reminds me of Monk, the tv show about a detective with an extreme OCD, have you seen it?

    And thanks for the bonesetter definition Bob!

    • I have not seen Monk, but I will look it up. Am currently immersed in Dexter, which is actually really good this season.

      I also appreciated your definition of bonesetter, Bob! I assumed it was some kind of mistranslation. I wonder if bonesetters still practice, since there are chiropractors and osteopaths in abundance everywhere. Maybe they still practice in Japan?

      While I did love this film, I was turned off by all the products (Pringle’s, Cup-a-Noodle, Fanta ~ though got warm fuzzies at seeing familiar Japanese products like Pocky and Boss Coffee). But it is a convenience store, and that stuff is everywhere. Anyway, I’m reading a lot of Naomi Klein right now and hypersensitive to product placements and branding in general.

      • I love Naomi Klein! Now that Howard Zinn has died, I think she’s in the running for greatest living intellectual. I heard on NPR that she’s working on a movie about climate change–I couldn’t be more excited about that.

  6. Thank you for sharing this, Roseanne.
    I’ve never heard of the director before, even though I’m a Japanese.
    I’m glad you like Japan!

    I love the message and kind of something along the line of what you said, reminded me of this video called “Home is in every moment”.

    This was my husband’s work for Lonely Planet and love the message of the video as well. Pls delete the link if it’s not appropriate 🙂 .
    Hope you’ll like it and thanks for your blog.

    • I love your husband’s video. It’s very sweet and genuine. Thanks for sharing!

      I love Japan ~ I lived there for 2 years and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I also spent a lot of time in Japanese convenience stores!

    • Yes, thank you Laykah. I love the “Home is in every moment” video as well and love the parallels to Yoga philosophy.

      (I also lived in Japan for two years when I was in high school.)

      Bob Weisenberg

  7. I, too, have a Japanese connection and absolutely loved this film. The Pocky and packaged onigiri (or musubi) (nori-wrapped rice balls) cracked me up. The quirkiness reminds me of one of my all-time favorite movies, Tampopo.

    You are right that there is a larger message here. Embrace your quirks. Don’t try to fit yourself into round holes.

    Many, many thanks!

  8. Talk about taking me back in time. Felt like I was back in Japan, walking the streets, shopping at our corner convenience store for an onigiri fix. Thanks for sharing. Loved the be yourself and you’ll find your place in this world message.

    Will be in Montreal next week so am roaming your site looking for things to do/places to visit. Thanks for representing la belle ville!

  9. My own OCD was disturbed by the way he ate his egg–his distribution of the yolk was completely wrong!

    I was wondering how they’d manage to work in his neck cracking, a subtle, clever addition. I also like how they situated the credits within the film, rather then strictly after.