WMU News

Japanese film series presents animated 'Castle in the Sky'

Nov. 4, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The Japanese Samurai and Anime Film Nights series at Western Michigan University concludes its fall schedule with "Castle in the Sky," one of Hayao Miyazaki's most popular animated films, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2452 of Knauss Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Although "Castle in the Sky" is rated "G" for "all audiences," it appeals to adults as well as children, according to Dr. Takashi Yoshida, WMU assistant professor of history, who organized the film series. "This film, I believe, provides a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff and people in the Kalamazoo community to bring their children and enjoy a movie together."

"There are many historical and cultural connections between Kalamazoo, WMU and Japan," says Yoshida, who serves as faculty advisor to the Japan Club. "The film series is a fun way to share some aspects of Japanese culture with others and to help raise the visibility of the Japanese community on campus.

Japanese Samurai and Anime Film Nights is sponsored by WMU Japanologists and by the Japan Club, a WMU registered student organization. Four films were shown this fall, and five more are tentatively scheduled for dates during spring semester.

For more information, contact Takashi Yoshida at <takashi.yoshida@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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