On Thursday 23 June 2011 I did a talk as part of a Catalyst Club special in the Brighton Japan Festival. I had the nightmare task of trying to encapsulate Osamu Tezuka's extremely packed life, and incredible influence on Japanese culture, into just 22 minutes and 32 seconds. I think I failed massively in this task!
Before you click play on the video I'd just like to apologise to my Japanese friends—and the entire nation, as a whole—for completely massacring your beautiful language with my clunky Western mispronunciations! I'm so very sorry. After the talk, a friend's son, who is studying Japanese, came up and told me I'd managed to mispronounce every single Japanese word! Oh, the shame. Anyway, here it is. I hope you enjoy it regardless.
This year (on Thursday 28 June 2012) I shall be attempting to sum up the life and work of Tezuka's natural successor, Hayao Miyazaki, with equal clumsiness.