While I'm flitting about fueled by excess energy, I want to toss out a note to the locals about an upcoming event at CU Boulder
In the Humanities building, the original version of Godzilla will be shown at 5 PM. It's free to attend, but you might want to bring a snack as it's long and can be a bit slow at times.
"Godzilla" Film Screening
Thursday, January 13 at 5:00p.m.
I bring this up since it actually prefaces a very significant lecture by one of Japan's leading literary critics who rarely has talks here in the States. His discussion is directly related to my 'monster studies,' so if you want to know a bit about what I'm delving in, feel free to attend! It's virtually mandatory for me to attend this lecture, so if you want to arrange a meeting point or whatnot, lemme know!
From Godzilla to Hello Kitty
A lecture by Norihiro Kato, one of Japan's most prominent public intellectuals and professor at Waseda University's School of International Liberal Studies
Friday, January 14 at 4:00p.m.
Why does Godzilla continue to haunt Japan, coming back over and over again to Tokyo? And why, despite Godzilla’s destructiveness, do we still love him? Where does Hello Kitty come into this picture and why has she been so important in talking about popular culture and national identity? “From Godzilla to Hello Kitty” will explore the deeper meanings behind two globally famous cultural icons—Godzilla and Hello Kitty—that speak to us about postwar Japan, trauma, and the still unresolved issue of war responsibility.
Professor Norihiro Kato (Waseda University) is one of Japan’s most important and controversial Japanese literary and cultural critics. He has published more than thirty books on topics that encompass history, film and visual culture, cultural studies, economics, and political science. Recently he published a widely read and cited op-ed piece in the New York Times expanding his critical engagement beyond Japan.
The event will be preceded on January 13th by a film screening of the original 1954 Godzilla, which was only recently released in the US.