The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

Hayao Miyazaki, ar­guably Ja­pan’s most renowned an­i­ma­tor and di­rec­tor, re­cently re­leased what he says will be the last fea­ture­length film of a ca­reer which has spanned six decades. Miyazaki has re­tired a few times be­fore, but this time he seems se­ri­ous.

The Wind Rises tells the (fic­tion­alised) story of Jiro Horikoshi, the de­signer of the Mit­subishi A5M and A6M air­crafts that were used by Ja­pan dur­ing the sec­ond World War. Though it is one of the least fan­tas­ti­cal of Miyazaki’s films, he tells Horikoshi’s story from his usual per­spec­tive; that of a young per­son faced with a strug­gle who must perser­vere to suc­ceed. noo­dles, matcha crusted fish, green tea ice cream and frothy matcha smooth­ies. We’ve been in­spired by Miyazaki’s an­i­mated cul­tural flex­i­bil­ity and are giv­ing the ul­ti­mate French tea cake a Ja­panese makeover.

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