3 posts about Satoshi Kon
This has absolutely nothing to do with food - which is why I posted the actual articles on my often dormant personal site. As fans of anime probably already know, the director Satoshi Kon (今敏) passed away on Tuesday, August 24th. He was only 46, and was felled by a swiftly advancing case of pancreatic cancer. I was a fan of his unique, sometimes odd vision, but more than that, I was really moved by the last words that his family posted posthumously on his blog. So, for those of you who don’t read Japanese, I’ve put up 3 posts about his last words:
- Satoshi Kon’s last words - a complete translation of the last entry on his blog, posted posthumously by his family.
- Some language and cultural notes regarding what he wrote.
- And finally, an English version of a list he posted just days before his death, of 100 (plus) movies chosen by the team working on The Dreaming Machine, the movie that he left unfinished.
Even if you’re not an anime fan, the first document in particular is worth a read. It might give you some insight into Japanese ways of thinking, but more than that, it allows a glimpse into the mind of a man who is facing death and trying to get his affairs together. These words have been dominating my mind since I read them on Wednesday night - frankly, I’ve been able to think of little else, much less cooking anything.
I hope you’ll take a look.