A car driven by someone from the Kyoto Association for the Preservation of Ancient Cultures
reversed into Japan’s oldest public bathroom or tosu
, an important cultural property part of the Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto. And the day before, members of the Chinese Dragon gang were involved in a scuffle at a French restaurant on the 58th floor of a building in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro. The gang with ties to Japan and China live in limbo; gang-like but not gang-like enough, falling outside of organized crime laws and considered a nuisance more than a criminal element. Elsewhere, directed by Sho Miyake and previewed in Berlin earlier this year, “Small, Slow But Steady”
(or Keiko, me o su-masete
), from 2022, loosely adapts the novel Don’t Give Up
) by Keiko Ogasawara, the first hearing-impaired professional female boxer in Japan.