Maiko the producer receives Waseda University's cultural award

Yesterday, as I walked out of my place, the sky was very blue.


Blue skies outside Wakeijuku

Blue skies outside GITS building


An award ceremony was held in Waseda University to give out student cultural awards for students who had outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

The student cultural awards ceremony


So some where athletes, some had qualified for the Winter Olympics, some won in some intercontinental IQ test etc.

Here are some award recipients.

An award being presented

Someone receives his award too


It was a grand affair.

Of course, Maiko the Producer was also honoured with a cultural award for producing KINGYO, which premiered Venice Film Fest and then screened in numerous other film fests, and until today, it is still receiving numerous festival invitations too. Other than that, it also won two awards at Japan's Eibunren Awards. Most of all, it is a loose adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's work, so definitely, she had contributed something to the university's culture and glory etc.

This is her receiving the award.


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After all the work that she had done for KINGYO, and my subsequent works, I was definitely more than happy to see her receiving some form of recognition for her efforts. It's not everyday you'll meet a producer willing to totally believe in you and commit fully in realizing your own creative vision.

Besides, I'm not the easiest guy to work with. (those who were with me during my days in Murdoch University at Perth can testify to that)

Congrats, Maiko.

Maiko and her award


Although the day was entirely Maiko's, and I was only there to take photos (despite my recent foray to black and white photography in my previous posts, I've decided to switch back to colour, for the day) The organizers recognized me as the director of KINGYO and asked me to stand in front of the stage after Maiko received her award to pose for the photographs too.

After that, Maiko was approached by a slew of fans to take photos with her. I popped in because I am narcissistic and I like to have my own photos taken, to the chagrin of many.

At the Waseda cultural awards ceremony

At the Waseda cultural awards ceremony 2

At the Waseda cultural awards ceremony 3
(the chick on the right is holding a KINGYO flyer)