Hakodate–Our first night in Hakodate, Jason and I discovered that there was a movie theater only a few blocks from where we were planning to drop anchor and immediately decided to see Batman Begins. The final showing had already started, though, so we had to settle for seeing it the next night. So yesterday, before setting out to explore the city or do anything else, we plunked down the 1300 yen for the late showing; later that night, we arrived 20 minutes early and were the first ones in the theater.
It was an excellent movie to begin with, but it was made all the sweeter by the fact that for the past few weeks, we’d been watching nothing but Japanese television: game shows, the occasional samurai drama, and anime of varying quality.
If you like anime, you might be inclined to believe that Japanese television is a paradise. It’s not. Japanese television really sucks. My opinion on this matter could, in part, be due to the fact that I don’t know Japanese that well, but somehow I doubt it.
Maybe I’m just watching at the wrong time, and if I stayed up all night I would catch all of the best programs. Of course, if I stayed up all night, anything would probably look good to me, so I suppose that’s a moot point.
We had been hurting for quality entertainment for some time, in any case. On top of that, we hadn’t seen anything in English since Fujiyoshida, when we were fortunate enough to catch The Miracle Worker (also an excellent film) on TV; since then the closest we had come was watching Psycho–the crappy 1998 remake, no less–dubbed into Japanese.
So, yeah. Lesson #127 learned in Japan: see Batman Begins, ’cause it’s freakin’ sweet.
The web cafe I’m at is playing “99 Problems” on it’s stereo system. That means it’s time to go eat lunch. Peace.