The anime director and genius Hayao Miyazaki came to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo yesterday for a press conference. I was there with the rest of a horde of snappers. (Miyazaki is a bit of a recluse, so not many chances to get pictures of him).
But when he talks to the press, he really talks!. He’s famously left-wing and anti-war. Yesterday he took the opportunity to lay into Japan’s rightist PM Taro Aso . Miyazaki said it was “embarrassing” that Aso is a manga fan. Quite.
This pic was taken before the conference. He looks just like you’d expect. All tweedy and grandfatherly.
Miyazaki spent about 90 minutes talking to a packed room then another 20 minutes signing autographs.
Looked exhausting. No wonder he doesn’t do many press conferences.
Here’s a link to Miyazaki Hayao photos on my archive