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.