It seems my film a Japanese Obsession was broadcast again on BBC4 last Monday night at 2310: which gives anyone reading this a few hours to catch it on iPlayer. I wish I’d known – I never saw the film when it broadcast the first time round and none of my DVDs of it actually work. Oh well. Anyway, I thought something was up when comments pinged in out of nowhere. I’ve copied each of them below as with no info on my site the comments ended up on random pages, but thanks for the feedback – much appreciated. I have now put up a short page on my Japanese foray. It is possible, I think, to view the film on one or two video streaming websites.
“Hi, I just watched Fish A Japanese Obsession on bbc 4. I’m Japanese chef and living in Scotland for 10yreas came from Hiroshima. I was correspondent for Japanese news paper when Syunsuke Nakamura was in celtic fc If you going to make any more program about Japanese fishing industry please let me come with you. I can interpret and translate. And I’m very keen fisherman. Mac.”
Thanks Mac – no plans at present.
“Good documentaries. I watched ‘Fish!-A Japanese Obession’ again yesterday as it was on iplayer. You should make more documentaries. As much as the concept, I really enjoy the style and presentation of the documentary. Best wishes. SR”
Glad you liked these things SR.
“why is there nothing on your site about your visit to Japan? and the series you did there? who is Aki? did you ever meet him again? is there going to be a follow up on how anything has changed or not? Paul.”
There is now. Aki is Aki. I hear from him from time to time. He is a dude of note.
“Dear Charles, I’ve just seen your BBC4 project about Japan and fish on bbc iplayer. I am Japanese and knew about Minamata issues, but didn’t know that those who lodged lawsuits are still suffering from bullying, which is really shocking. It was good to know that. I just wanted to thank you to give me an opportunity to rethink about Minamata. Best wishes Yoko”
There’s a Minamata in every national cupboard Yoko.