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BCM320 – ‘Laughs in Japan Podcast’

Eliza Appel

Our group digital artefact and auto ethnography investigating Comedy in Japan from Eliza Appel, Blake Foggo and Caroline Morely:


0:45-3:05 – Takeshi’s Castle (Caroline)

3:05-6:50 – Reflection on Takeshi’s Castle

6:51-8:52 – Mecha-Mecha Iketeru (Eliza)

8:53-11:40 – Reflection on Mecha-Mecha Iketeru

11:45-14:37 – My Boss My Hero (Blake)

14:38-17:05 – Reflection on My Boss My Hero

17:10-21:46 – Reflection on Comedy in Japan

Excerpt of Podcast from Takeshi’s Castle

Class Presentation and Sources

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BCM320 – Autoethnography Methodology

Eliza Appel

Following on from my previous blog post in this subject, I feel it is prudent to mention I’ve done significantly more research since this post, and have made steps towards my individual digital artefact. I have stuck with me ‘Tea across Asia’ series of short videos, but I believe I might add a short blog post to go alongside them to further explain my epiphanies and research.

As autoethnography suggests, it is the culmination of autobiographical research as well as ethnographical research. In Ellis’ (2011) overview of the ode of research he takes a look at what comprises each section of autoethnography, and I hope to emulate that in my own modes of research.

So, firstly, let’s take a look at:


An autobiography usually consists of writing about past experiences and stories that are personally relevant. It is more narrative than anything, a recount of a period of time…

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BCM320 – Autoethnography Possibili-tea!

Eliza Appel

I have a feeling this may only be the beginning of tea related puns if I pursue this avenue for my autoethnography! In the quick fire idea session within class I came up with a few different ideas. But out of nowhere and the one that has stuck with me was tea. Exploring tea across Asia, it’s history, symbolism, uses etc. I of course already have experience in tea drinking, I’m a connoisseur of the classic English breakfast! However I do know that tea has a rich history, particularly in Asia. I thought perhaps I could do an exploration of tea culture, whilst also sampling teas from all over along the way.

Admittedly I was mildly inspired by that scene from all the way back in Sherlock season 1 episode 2 with the tea ceremony. It’s probably my earliest experience with tea being about more than just something to consume.


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BCM320 – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Eliza Appel

This weeks topic was globalisation (a topic I’m fairly familiar with) and the screening an animation I’d never heard of! Globalisation is far from a new concept to me, and as far as we discussed it in class, I definitely am of the middle ground in terms of my opinion of it. I know that is inevitable and that it will bring both positive and negative connotations, but it is something we will just have to adapt to as a society. Globalisation brings the world closer in every way imaginable, although we may not live in a foreign country, many of its resources are accessible in one way or another, particular through the exponential mediation of the world.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) from director Nina Paley. The Indian mythic tale of the Ramayana is explored in a humorous but quite informative discussion with three shadow puppets as well as…

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BCM320 – Autoethnography and Akira

Eliza Appel

This week we took a closer look at how to distinguish autoethnography in its variations as well as took a look and live tweeted the 1988 classic anime film Akira. 

“When researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity”

-Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘-

From this weeks reading the most profound element I found within was the importance of the epiphany. This moment of realisation that is like opening a door into a whole new world. That level of understanding, of experiencing something, and then making sense of it in your own experience is an interesting viewpoint in terms of research. Autoethnography, stemming from autobiography and ethnography has already placed itself in some middle ground between an analytical and…

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BCM320 – Gojira (1954) – Response

Eliza Appel

Our first week back for the semester and a classic pop culture phenomenon to get us started! I have no personal experience with the Gojira (or Godzilla) franchise. I’d not seen any of the films, any adaptations or representations, however the icon and the story was well known to me. The power of pop culture!

Gojira (1954) directed by Ishirō Honda is a science fiction cult classic from Japan. The original version in all its black and white, subtitled version! Live tweeting is always a struggle with films you haven’t seen before as you are often trying to grasp the main elements of what you are watching whilst also being involved in the online discussion! I always prefer a subtitled version of a foreign show or film however, even if some things can be lost in the translation. I believe it seems more natural and more authentic as a viewer…

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