I blogged about Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, last summer when it was released in Japan. This summer we’ll see it’s U.S. release – and if you’re in LA (or Berkeley) and if you’re damn lucky, you’ll get to see Miyazaki-sensei himself.
Miyazaki-sensei will be visiting the U.S. this July for the very last time a) to pick up the Berkeley Japan award, b) because he’s contractually obligated to Disney to make a U.S. appearance, before returning to Japan to crank out the two last movies he’s got in him. The award event is taking place at U.C. Berkeley on July 25th where he’ll also be in conversation with scholar, professor, and Japanamerica author, Roland Kelts.
More details to come. This is a rare opportunity to see Miyazaki-sama outside of Japan (he didn’t even come to the U.S. for the Academy Awards the year Spirited Away swept) so if you can make it, go.