Kawamoto was present for both screening sessions and gave extended Q&A at the end of both. Listening to him reminded me of my earlier ambitions of creating a puppet production based upon the classical Japanese poetry/literature of the Tale of Ise. While this project remains a castle in the clouds, my love of Asian literature, folklore and mythology remain - see my other blog Crackle Mountain. Pictured here is the first marionette puppet I began. She has arms and feet made of air drying clay. Her body is of knit fabric and her luxuriously long black hair (in Heian style) is made of Perl embroidery thread. The under kimono she wears is made as a true kimono would be. You can see she still has pins to keep the kimono in place while she waits for further work.
She waits very patiently indeed.