Lockdown around the globe

Ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome onboard Lockdown 2.0 from Commerce International Society! We ask that you come with us as we explore the world through entertainment, music and food to ensure an enjoyable quarantine journey. We also ask for your positivity and patience as we take-off. Please turn on all devices, including laptops, kindles and cell phones and sit back and relax.

Thank you for choosing Commerce International Society. Enjoy!

📍Japan 🇯🇵

Movies🎞

Known as Miyazaki’s greatest films, “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbour Totoro,” represents the essence of Studio Ghibli’s iconic animation/art style, unique storylines and magical soundtracks.

Spirited Away (2001)

Entering a realm stuck between reality and a supernatural world, a lost girl seeks to learn independence in the company of spirits, monsters and ghosts.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

With a working father and sick mother, a childishly playful and wildly imaginative world is created by two sisters and an abundance of strange, yet friendly creatures in the countryside.

Fun fact: Totoro is the mascot for Studio Ghibli

Podcasts 🎧

“Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing”
“Tune in to the No.1 Podcast about life in Japan as Chris Broad and co-host Pete Donaldson discuss weird, wacky and wonderful news going on around the country. From insider travel tips, and language learning secrets, to hilariously awkward travel stories sent in by listeners and a weekly Q&A answering your questions. With over 100 episodes and broadcast every Wednesday, there’s no better place to learn about life in Japan while you’re on the go.”

Music🎶

YOASOBI is a musical duo including, Ayase and Ikura who have been active since 2019. YOASOBI has been largely successful since debut and has since been working with various animation soundtracks.

TV Shows 📺

The Midnight Diner (2009-2019)

As the rest of the city falls sound asleep, the Midnight Diner opens for business. Over a hearty meal, the diner’s patrons share their life stories and secrets with each other.

Books 📖

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata - Penguin Books Australia
“Nobel Prize recipient Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece, a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.

At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages, a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.”

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami - Penguin Books Australia
“In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.”

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | 9780099448822 | Booktopia
“Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.”

Recipes 👩‍🍳

@feedmeimei

Ube mochi ice cream using only 2 ingredients! 💜🍡 #mochi #homecafe #ube #icecream #recipe

♬ Get Into It (Yuh) – Doja Cat

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