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[Series] I want to ride Inamura Jane (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-
The director Keisuke Kuwata's work, which I thought I would never see again, is back!
This series was a challenge to celebrate it and to pursue "the original scenery of Shonan that Mr. Kuwata was seeing".
Was your summer hot? Was it short? (Author)

"Autumn has awakened"
Every time I think of these lyrics, I feel that our summer starts in September. By the way, Inamura Jane was released on September 8, 1990. How many times since that day ...
But why does Chigasaki's summer look so good in autumn?
Already, the high priest of the Sui and Tang dynasties, Daochuo Zenshi, responded to the question, "Why is the Pure Land of Amida Buddha in the west?" He preaches the view that the place to be attributed is the Pure Land. Overlapping the end of summer and the end of life may also be a technique that can be done by human emotions.
The summer of our "Jane", which began on June 25, 2021, is about to end.


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

① As the theory of others
Oz: It's been a long time since the teacher! eh…
Ami: Uh, teacher! ?? Why are you wearing white tights and a swan? ??
Professor: Yes, I'm thinking about my next job. I want to be a "prominent entertainer".
Ami: No, teacher, super emo ...
Oz: (It's a line I've heard somewhere)
Professor: Well, you guys. Let's match the answers this summer. Why do you think there are so many interesting things happening in the daily lives of laughing entertainers? Free talk stories that you see and hear on TV, events that we can't do, and interesting things happen on a daily basis.
Oz: After all, if you live like a gein, it's easy for interesting things to happen, right?
Ami: You're living in a world different from us ...
Professor: Is that really the case? Sensei, I think they are professionals who just keep up the "antenna of laughter" and catch "funnyness" in the same world and everyday life as us.

[Research Note 1]
This research (serialization) began with the appearance of searching for "summer" in Keisuke Kuwata, thinking about the wave that was not specifically shown in the movie "Jane".
This work may seem like a mere film critic, but it's not. This is a practical study to get closer to the land / area name that does not exist in the address "Shonan", and the real image of "that summer" that springs from that "Shonan" and is in everyone's heart.
Kuwata states. "There is a scene where she (* Namiko, the author) rebukes Hiroshi, a stray surfer." It can't be helped to keep others away and float in the calm sea. " It's a line that you have to be aware of the danger and catch the big wave instead of riding and balancing. "(" With "October 1990), the position of the heroine.
The protagonist Hiroshi's words in the movie are "because we are others." Yes, the key to this movie is the relationship with "others."
When we try to find ourselves, we cannot identify ourselves without "others" there. If I were the only one in this world, could I then recognize "I"? (no).
And when we look back on ourselves, we are pseudo- "others". When I think "Oh, I want to sleep now", I hope there is a certain distance from me who thinks "I".

Ami: Does that mean you look at it from a bird's-eye view?
Professor: Well, if the laughing entertainer I mentioned earlier also imagines himself, I think he is looking at the world from a "funny perspective" that is a little far from that.
Oz: So ... is it okay to mean Jane as an "other"! ??
Professor: Yeah, first of all, I want to think so. Mr. Kuwata mentioned several movie works when talking about "Inamura Jane", but among them Jim Jarmusch "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984, USA) and "Baghdad Cafe" (1984, USA) You can see it well by looking at (1987, West Germany). To me, it seemed that the work had a relationship with "others" accounting for 90%. However…
Ami: But?
Professor: At that time, there was a movie work that was mentioned, though it wasn't a positive statement. It's been stuck in my heart all the time.
Oz: What do you mean?
Professor: It's the French-West German film "Wings of Desire" released in 1987.


(Pamphlet and movie advance ticket. Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN collection)

② Gaze from the other world
[Research Note 2]
What kind of trend do you want to make a movie? Kuwata asked, "I like lazy and sober things.
A black-and-white, refracted movie with not many lines. It's the ultimate surf movie with a different perspective. "(" FM fan "April 1989).
At first, it was really like "Stranger Than Paradise". Back alleys, back alleys ... "(same as above) and" At first, I was aiming for a sober movie like "Stranger (Omitted)". As he said, "A daily movie that seems to continue in one scene = one cut." ("Weekly Playboy", August 1990), a fairly artistic initial plan is envisioned. It seems that it was.
And I would like to pay attention to the monochrome color usage, "Now, OL and students will go out to see" Berlin Angel's Poem "on a date in a fashionable way. When we were," Joey " However, the antenna on the viewer's side is sharper, isn't it? "(" Can Can "June 1989).
Isn't it okay to do something more maniac as Southern? Although it is a remark to "Emotional song to the goddesses (beyond the unreported Y type (Kay))", I would like to pay attention to it as a connection with the already advanced movie production.
The movie "Wings of Desire" is a worldwide blockbuster movie that expresses the viewpoint (darkness) from the angel side, which is invisible to humans, in black and white, and the human viewpoint / world (reveal) in color.
In Japan, the idea of Meiken becomes clearer than in the Middle Ages. We humans can usually only see the world of the exposed part. However, in reality, there is a dark world, and the gods, Buddhas, and the dead who are there are influencing the world of manifestation.

Professor: Actually, a certain teacher in Kobe pointed out this summer.
Oz: Oh, did you get angry because you got too sick?
Ami: (Oz-kun, you're a naive teacher ...)
Professor: No, it was a scale from my eyes. If you say that the movie doesn't even show the waves, let alone the surfing scene
( * Serialization 1 ), there is one place.
Ami: Yeah, did you see the big wave! ??
Professor: When I hurriedly checked "Document of Inamura Jane" again, Jane certainly came out. It is a picture of Mr. Kuwata himself riding a crane swaying from the sea side and taking a picture of the shore side with a camera. Yes, in other words, we were made to show the state of the shore side (the world) from the perspective of Jane.
Oz: I see! It's not a wave picture called Jane, but Jane was there.
Professor: Um, that's what I noticed. Well, was Jane looking from another world!
Ami: What does the other world mean?
Professor: Although the word "other" came out earlier, "other" is not the only one. Although it may not be visible, God, Buddha, and the dead are also "others."
Oz: Does that mean someone other than yourself?
Professor: Yes, the important thing is the movie "Wings of Desire". In this movie, an angel (dead) who continues to live as eternal life stands beside the living and looks at the world with a melancholy look. Since the angels are in eternity, they cannot enjoy the moment of "now" or "here". The fun and suffering of love that I didn't notice when I was alive. It teaches us the rarity of every moment, the wonders of the world, and the extraordinaryness of the world through the eyes of the dead. I think Mr. Kuwata wanted to show us through Jane because of this gaze from the other world.


(Still photographs for theaters and actual scripts. Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN Collection)

③ "Awai" of youth and adults, life and death
[Research Note 3]
Kuwata said in an interview: "Just young people are always waiting for something. People who have the wisdom to start something by themselves are not young people." (Josei Seven, September 1990) When.
When we want to ride the waves, we have no choice but to notice the waves that have come naturally or to make the waves ourselves. Interpreting Kuwata's earlier words, an adult is an entity that can make waves on its own.
As mentioned in Series 2 , big waves rarely come in life. And when I was young, I couldn't even notice the ripples in my daily life. Producer Shigeaki Mori said in Kuwata's words, "Youth is whether you can feel the waves when you meet them." (Same as above).
In other words, we live in a boring daily life between young people and adults. And as long as you feel the waves, you can stay in youth. It's 99% boring everyday, but you can look for something interesting and keep dreaming.
In addition, Jane tells us. This moment of chance, the splendor of life. "The sea is trying to say something, the answer. But I don't understand that (laughs)" (Heisei NG Diary, June 1992), Kuwata gave the answer to the sea (waves). I'll leave it to you ... By encountering the irreplaceable momentary answer (wave), the boring and eternal youth will be affirmed.

Professor: At first, I didn't understand the meaning of the climax in which Chimimoryō appeared.
Ami: Yeah, dance! is what I think.
Professor: But this summer, I finally arrived at my own interpretation. Including the paintings from Jane, there is a look from the other world. This is very similar to Zeami's method. The phase shift in his Noh is "Mai". In technical terms, it is part of the gaze part from the other world, which is called "seeing away".
Oz: Hiroshi doesn't say "because it's another person" anymore, but he's in the joy of living with others.
Professor: By the way, in the Noh stage, there is a white island between the audience seats, and a pine tree is drawn on the plate (mirror plate) behind it. It's Shonan (laughs) Mr. Kuwata talked about the climax on the TV program "I'm interested in the madness between life and death at the Rio carnival in Japan" ("Inamura Jane Special! Keisuke Kuwata talks about wind and waves" "The story of music"), and because it is set in Kamakura, he said he wanted to express "a sense of distance that youkai sometimes influence in real life" (same as above).
Ami: That scene is when the owner of an antique shop dies. I feel that the wave of the master generation has subsided over there after 20 years. And it can be said that the wave of Hiroshi's generation who said "It's the same as the master's big wave" has risen ...
Professor: The waves that came and returned over those two generations were the 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 begun. I will announce the assignment.
Two people; uh, are you going to do something again! ??

※This story is a fiction.

Conclusion Like Jane who returns
The new departure melody "Umi Sono Ai" from Chigasaki Station on the JR Sagami Line, produced by Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN, which I represent while writing this article, has actually begun to flow on the platform of the station.
Although it is a song by Yuzo Kayama, a new interpretation was born in me thanks to this serialization in the lyrics of Professor Tokiko Iwatani, which begins with "Holding in the sea".
If the other world is the sea (wave), it can be considered as "all life". "Holding in the sea" means being alive, supported by "all lives" that have been and still exist. And eventually, the time will come for me to return to the great sea.
A story of life that is brought back and returned. Thank you for being me now in the continuous history. A miracle that happened to be used in 2021 when Yuzo Kayama and Keisuke Kuwata released a new song! It's the best.
Thank you Mr. Kuwata for showing us the movie "Inamura Jane" to the Heisei generation and for letting me say "It was hot but yo, it was short, naa, summer"! !!

Written by Junsho Shaku (Chairman of Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN, Buddhist scholar)

Born in a temple in Chigasaki City in 1989. Specializes in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism and Japanese intellectual history. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Southern All Stars, a book "Our Chigasaki Monogatari: Japanese Pops Genesis Chigasaki Sound History" that summarizes the Chigasaki sound culture of Keisuke Kuwata, Yuzo Kayama, Kunihiko Kase, Kiyohiko Ozaki, etc. is published by Shinko Music. Publication.
Currently, he is the main DJ of "Shonan Rock and Roll Center RADIO" every Monday from 22:10 to Kamakura FM.
Official site: https://www.srcagain.com/

Editorial cooperation:
Ami Tazaki
Dai Ozawa
(Researcher, Shonan Rock and Roll Center AGAIN)


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

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