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[Series] I Want to Ride Jane Inamura (3) -In Search of Keisuke Kuwata's "Summer"-

【連載】稲村ジェーンに乗りたくて(3)-桑田佳祐の「夏」を求めて-
Kuwata Keisuke's work, which I thought I'd never see again, is back!
This series is a celebration of that, and it was also a challenge to pursue "the original scenery of Shonan that Mr. Kuwata saw."
Was your summer hot? Was it short? (Author)

"Autumn Awakens"
Every time I think of this lyric, I feel like our summer starts in September. Come to think of it, Jane Inamura was also released on September 8, 1990. How many times since that day...
But why does summer in Chigasaki look so good in autumn?
Already, a high priest of the Sui and Tang dynasties, Doshu Zenji, answered the question, ``Why is the Pure Land of Amida Buddha in the west?'' He preaches the view that the place to which is attributed is the Pure Land. Overlapping the end of summer with the end of life is also a skill of human emotions.
Our summer of quests for "Jane", which began on June 25, 2021, is coming to an end.


(Inamuragasaki around the time of the movie Kasamatsu Shiro "Kamakura Inamuragasaki" 1956 "Kasamatsu Shiro - The Last New Print" Collection of Geisado )

(1) As a theory of others
Oz: It's been a while, sir! eh…
Ami: Eh, teacher! ? Why are you wearing white tights and looking like a swan? ?
Professor: Yes, I'm thinking about my next job. I want to be a show-off entertainer.
Ami: Oh my God, teacher, you're so emo...
Oz: (That's a line I've heard somewhere.)
Professor: Come on guys. Let's check the answers this summer. Why do you think there are so many interesting things happening in the lives of comedians? There are free talk stories that we see and hear on TV, phenomena that are impossible for us, and interesting things that happen on a daily basis.
Oz: After all, if you live like an entertainer, interesting things can easily happen, don't you think?
Ami: It's like living in a world different from ours...
Professor: Really? Sensei, I think they're just keeping their "comedy antennas" up all the time.

[Research Note 1]
This research (serialization) started with the form of thinking about the wave that is not specifically shown in the movie "Jane" and searching for "summer" in Keisuke Kuwata.
At first glance, this work may be regarded as mere film criticism, but that is not the case. This is a practical study to get closer to the real image of "that summer" that springs from "Shonan", which is not found in the address "Shonan", and which is in everyone's heart.
Kuwata says. “There is a scene where she (*Namiko, the author) scolds Hiroshi, a rogue surfer. It's a line that says you have to catch a big wave, even if you're aware of the dangers, instead of riding on it and trying to keep your balance." (With, October 1990), the position of the heroine.
In the movie, Hiroshi's catchphrase is "Because we are strangers." Yes, the key to this film is the relationship with "others."
When we try to find ourselves, we cannot confirm ourselves if there is no "other" there. If I existed alone in this world, would I be able to recognize "I" at that time? (no).
And when we reflect on ourselves, we become quasi-others. So that when you think, "Oh, I want to sleep now," there is a certain distance between you and the person you are thinking of.

Ami: Do you mean looking at it from a bird's-eye view?
Professor: Well, if the comedians mentioned earlier were to assume their own selves, I think they would be looking at the world from a "funny eye" that is a little distant from that.
Oz: In other words... is it okay to say that Jane is "the other"? ?
Professor: Yes, first and foremost I would like to think so. Mr. Kuwata mentions several films when he talks about Jane Inamura. 1987, West Germany). To me, it seemed to me that 90% of the work was about the relationship with "others." However…
Ami: But?
Professor: At the time, there was another film that I mentioned, although it wasn't a positive statement. That's what's stuck in my mind.
Oz: What do you mean?
Professor: The 1987 French/West German co-produced film "Berlin: Poetry of the Angels".


(Brochures and advance movie tickets. Stored by Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN)

② Gaze from the other world
[Research Note 2]
What kind of trend do you want the movie to be? To the question, Kuwata said, "I like things that are lazy and plain.
It's a black-and-white, distorted movie with not many lines. It's like the ultimate surf movie with a different perspective. ”(“FM fan” April 1989).
At first, it was really like ``Stranger Than Paradise''. It's just a daily movie that seems to continue with one scene = one cut." ("Weekly Playboy" August 1990). It seems that
And I want to pay attention to the use of monochrome colors, "Nowadays, office workers and students go on dates to see 'Berlin: Tenshi no Uta' in style. That's how sharp the antenna on the viewer's side is, isn't it?" (Can Can, June 1989).
Isn't it okay to do something more maniacal as Southern? Although it is a statement about "a song for the goddesses (beyond the unreported Y type)", I would like to pay attention to the relationship with the film production that was already in progress.
The movie "Berlin: Tenshi no Uta" is a world-famous blockbuster film that expresses the perspective of angels (darkness), which is invisible to humans, in black and white, and the human perspective and the world (visibility) in color.
In Japan, the idea of the spirit of the dead became clear from the Middle Ages. We humans can usually only see the visible part of the world. However, in reality, there is a world of darkness, and it is a world view that gods, Buddhas, the dead, etc. in there affect the visible world.

Professor: Actually, I received a suggestion from a professor in Kobe this summer.
Oz: Oh, did you get scolded for being overly enthusiastic?
Ami: (Oz-kun can't do it, you're a naive teacher...)
Professor: Well, it was an eye-opener. If you say that the movie doesn't show the waves, let alone the surfing scene
( * Series 1 ), there is one point.
Ami: Oh, did you see a big wave? ?
Professor: I hurriedly checked the "Document of Inamura Jane" again, and indeed Jane appeared. It is a picture of Mr. Kuwata himself riding a rocking crane from the sea side and photographing the shore side with a camera. Yes, we were shown the shore side (world) from Jane's point of view.
Oz: I see! It's not a picture of a wave called Jane, but Jane was appearing.
Professor: Hmm, that's how I found out. I thought Jane was a gaze from another world!
Ami: What do you mean by another world?
Professor: The word "others" came up earlier, but "others" are not just other people. Although they may not be visible to the naked eye, gods, Buddhas, and the dead are also “others.”
Oz: Does it mean someone other than yourself?
Professor: Yes, the movie "Berlin-Angel Poetry" is important. In this film, angels (dead) who continue to live for eternity stand beside the living and look at the world with a melancholy expression. Since angels are in eternity, they cannot savor the moment of "now" or "here." The joys and pains of love that I didn't notice when I was alive. Through the eyes of the dead, it reveals the rarity of the moment, the marvel of the world, the dear extraordinary. I think that this look from the other world is exactly what Kuwata-san wanted to show us through Jane.


(Theatrical still photos and the actual script. Stored by Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN)

(3) Young people and adults, the “blur” between life and death
[Research Note 3]
Kuwata said in an interview: "Young people are always waiting for something. People who have the wisdom to start something by themselves are not young people." (Women's Seven, September 1990) When.
When we want to ride a wave, we have no choice but to notice the wave that naturally arises and ride it, or we can create the wave ourselves. If I were to interpret Kuwata's previous words, an adult would be someone who can create waves on their own.
As I mentioned in Series 2 , big waves rarely come in life. And when you're young, you can't even notice the ripples of everyday life. Producer Akira Morishige said of Kuwata, "When you meet your own wave, you say, 'Youth is whether or not you can feel the wave with your body.'" (same as above).
In other words, we live in the midst of boring everyday life between youth and adulthood. And as long as you feel the waves, you can stay young forever. It's 99% boring, but you can still find something interesting and keep dreaming.
And Jane will tell us. The coincidence of this moment, the splendor of life. ``The ocean is trying to say something, the answer. I leave it to you, but... By encountering that irreplaceable moment-to-moment answer (wave), the dull, eternal adolescence is affirmed.

Professor: At first, I didn't understand the meaning of the climax, where the troupe appeared.
Ami: Oh, dance! is what I think.
Professor: But this summer, I finally arrived at my own interpretation. Including the painting from Jane, it becomes a look from the other world there. This is very similar to Zeami's method. The phase change in his Noh is 'Mai'. In technical terms, it goes into the gaze part from the other world, which is called "Rien no Mi".
Oz: Hiroshi doesn't say "because it's a stranger" anymore, and is enjoying the joy of living with others.
Professor: By the way, in the Noh stage, there is a white slat between the audience seats, and a pine tree is drawn on the board (mirror board) behind it. It's Shonan, isn't it? (laughs) Mr. Kuwata talked about the climax in a TV program, saying, "I'm interested in the madness between life and death in Rio's carnival in Japan." A story of music ~”), and since it is set in Kamakura, he said that he wanted to express “the sense of distance that yokai sometimes affect real life” (same as above).
Ami: That scene is when the owner of the antique shop dies. After 20 years, I feel that the wave of Master's generation has subsided over there. And should I say that Hiroshi's generation, who said, "It's the same as Master's big wave," has risen...
Professor: The waves that come and go over the two generations are waves, and Jane's true identity.
Oz: You did it, Professor! You've arrived! !
Ami: Thank you for your hard work!
Professor: Well, next summer has started. Present the challenge.
Both : Eh, are you doing something again? ?

※This story is a fiction.

Conclusion Like Jane
While writing this article, the new departure melody of JR Sagami Line Chigasaki Station, "Umi no Ai", produced by Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN, of which the author is the representative, actually began to play on the platform of the station.
Although it is a song by Yuzo Kayama, the lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani, which begins with "Umi ni Karete", also gave birth to a new interpretation in my mind thanks to this series.
If we consider the other world to be the sea (waves), it is possible to think of it as "all life." “Embraced by the sea” means being kept alive by being supported by “all life” that has been and continues to be. And the time will come when I, too, will return to that great sea.
A story of life that comes and goes. I am grateful that I am now in that history that continues uninterruptedly. A miracle that happened to be alive in 2021 when Yuzo Kayama and Keisuke Kuwata released new songs! It's the best
Thank you, Mr. Kuwata, for showing us the Heisei generation the movie "Inamura Jane" and making us say, "It was hot, but it was short." !

Written by Junsei Shaku (Chairman of Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN/Buddhist scholar)

Born in 1989 at a temple in Chigasaki City. Specializes in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism and the history of Japanese thought. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Southern All Stars, a book that summarizes Chigasaki sound culture such as Keisuke Kuwata, Yuzo Kayama, Kunihiko Kase, Kiyohiko Ozaki, etc. "Bokura no Chigasaki Story: Japanese Pops Genesis Chigasaki Sound History" from Shinko Music. Publishing.
Currently, he is the main DJ of "Shonan Rock'n'Roll Center RADIO" every Monday from 22:10 to Kamakura FM.
Official site: https://www.srcagain.com/

Editorial cooperation:
Ami Tasaki
Daiki Ozawa
(Researcher at Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN)


I want to ride Jane Inamura (1) - In search of Keisuke Kuwata's "Summer" - here
I want to ride Jane Inamura (2) - In search of Keisuke Kuwata's "Summer" - here

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