One of the first feature length Japanese films I watched was Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This iconic film of my childhood was perhaps the cornerstone of my subconscious love for the strange and fantastic. This absurdity is most exemplified within Japanese films, therefore Hayao Miyazaki is the most recognisable Japanese film celebrity for me.
Miyazaki (for reasons un acknowledged) is not well represented in the online world. Upon searching his name on Facebook, this page is found. Really all the page consists of is the first few paragraphs from his Wikipedia page, congruently, the top search of ‘Hayao Miyazaki’ on twitter results in a fan made page. This twitter feed is the most interesting of the two sites. This account, obviously, is fan run, the handle ‘@HMiyazaki_News’ and the third person content indicate this. What’s interesting about this twitter feed is the absence of Miyazaki himself, although almost his every move is documented.
Why would I choose to do a blog on someone who has little social media presence? Hayao Miyazaki lived through and was involved in the golden ages of Japanese Film, and as stated before he is an important foreign film producer for me personally, so it is more of a sentimental choice. Concerning Japanese Film, my interest lies within earlier films, prior to 1990 (I know Spirited Away breaches this date, however this is merely a trigger for my research) so I chose
Through the little public persona developed through digital media (primarily secondary evidence) a picture of humility and kindness is painted.
Hayao Miyazaki is regarded as one of the greatest Japanese Directors of all time, he often collaborated with other well known directors such as Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
Hayao Miyazaki really has no personal contribution of digital content on social media sites. Although older people are becoming more likely to use facebook it may be the case that Miyazaki is not utilizing social media due to his age bracket. Due to this disconnection with social media, when researching Japanese Film, secondary evidence must be relied upon.
My artifact will be a hand-full of podcasts relating to Japanese Film. Representing information cannot be visual therefore I will rely of quotes and testimonies in my artefacts.
Hayao Miyazaki, Wikipedia.org, Viewed 20th August 2014, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki >
Hayao Miyazaki Facebook, Facebook.com, Viewed 20th August 2014, <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hayao-Miyazaki/112164162133344# >
Madden, M, 2010, Older Adults and Social Media, Pew Research Internet Project, Viewed 20th August 2014, < http://www.pewinternet.org/2010/08/27/older-adults-and-social-media/>