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This is a brief report of naucon'99. Our naucon has a special meeting
once a year. In the meeting lasting for 2 days, the attendance discuss
something related with Nausicaa, Mr.Miyazaki and his works.
This year, 9 people joined at the meeting, naucon'99.
Oct.30th, 1st day.
13:00 Tokyo station
Naucon'99 members, except those who joined later, gathered at Tokyo Station.
And we took Touhoku Shinkansen (super express) YAMABIKO 43 to Fukushima,
which is located at South Touhoku region about 200km north from Tokyo.
The train leaving for Morioka.
In the travel for one and a half hours,
we took lunch with beer, and circulated some do-jin comics that were
bought at Comic Market 56 in this summer.
report of MoMA and New York Film
Festival were also circulated.
These are naucon'99 official(?) name plates.
15:05 Fukushima station
We arrived at Fukushima Station on time. It was cooler and more
comfortable than in Tokyo.
We took a rest for a while at a beer counter :)
Then, we got on a rent-a-car and went to the venue.
After driving for 30 min, we arrived at Takayu. Takayu-Onsen (the spa of
Takayu) was placed at halfway up to the Bandai-Kogen (Bandai highlands)
which was a part of Bandai-Asahi National Park. The hotel Hige-no-Ie
we stayed was one of the Ryokan (Japanese style hotel) with an open-air
hot-spring. It was surrounded by full of nature, beautiful colored
leaves and a mountain stream.
We checked in, and enjoyed hot-spring and scenary at first :)
Though 2 members hadn't arrived yet, we started a banquet at a dining room.
This is a menu.
It was a full-course Japanese style dinner. Every dish and sake was
The rest of members finally joined and made a toast again.
And the official posters also arrived.
Two types of posters were available.
21:30 Set up
After dinner, we prepared for a main conference with some AV equipments.
We turned our room into a mini theater :)
The posters were also displayed.
21:40 - 23:15 Opening & Main session
Each member introduced himself and talked about something related with
Mr. Miyazaki and the Ghibli. Here were digests of their talks.
- Mr. Sakai (aka Mugicha) - `Kazetsukai-kobo'
in the future
He is a chairman of the do-jin circle `Kazetsukai-kobo'. It reaching 10th
anniversary, he talked about the direction of his circle.
He said, "We have talked less and less about Mr. Miyazaki and his works
after `Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)' was released. But the number
of visitors at the Kazetsukai-kobo's web site doesn't decrease.
Over 100,000 people have visited there so far.
I want to coutinue the do-jin works as long as I can."
- Mr. Sato - present state of Miyazaki Hayao Networker F.C. SIG
He is a board master of Miyazaki Hayao Networker F.C. SIG
(we just call `JHAY'),
which is a B.B.S. style communication service on BIGLOBE.
It was established in 1987 and our naucon community originated in JHAY.
He talked about a present state of JHAY.
He said, "As the Internet becomes more popular, the number of B.B.S.
users have decreased. Facing this situation,
JHAY started ML forwarding service 2 years ago. It forwards all messages
posted on B.B.S to the ML, and those posted on ML to B.B.S. It enables
the Internet users to join JHAY easily.
I manage to contiune its activity by getting the members from
the Internet users."
- Mr. Kataoka
(I'm sorry I missed taking a log of his talk ...)
- Mr. Saito - the advertisement of `Tonari no Yamada kun (My neighbors the Yamadas)'
He was a pre-master of JHAY.
He talked about the advertisement of `Tonari no Yamada kun (My neighbors the Yamadas).'
He said, "I regreted that the advertisement of Yamada was the worst
among all Ghibli's films. Hakuhoudo is the advertising company which took
charge of the film. I thought Hakuhoudo put too much confidence in the
name of the Ghibli. The newspaper `Nikkei Sangyo Shinbun' reported that
Hakuhoudo spent 600-1000 million yen (6-10 milllion US$) for Yamada's
ad. It was as same price as Mononoke's. But I didn't feel that so much
money had been spent on it. I didn't see the ad of Yamada on magazines
and on TV so much. As a result, the Yamada had been shown only for 6 weeks,
and made over 1 billion yen (10 million US$) in the red. Whether the story
of Yamada was good or not, I think this dificit could have been avoided
if Hakuhoudo had taken more efficient way of Yamada's ad."
- Mr. Nanbu - a model of `The Valley of Wind'
He talked about a model of `The Valley of Wind'.
He said, "I think that Hunza in Pakistan is the most similar to
`The Valley of Wind.' I'd like to go there, but last year Pakistan did
an experiment of nuclear weapons. Furthermore, coup detat was occured.
So I missed a chance..."
- Mr. Fukuhara - my favorite films
He joined a naucon meeting for the first time. So, he talked about
an encounter with naucon and his favorite films.
He said, "I like `Mimi wo Sumaseba' the best.
When I heard Mr. Kondo was died, I got a great shock..."
- Mr. Yamamoto - about Mr. Takahata
He talked about `Tonari no Yamada-kun.'
He said, "I was disappointed with the `Yamada' though I like
We discussed whether a director should make a film as he likes.
If Mr. Takahata make a film as he likes, the film is very cofused
and accepted by only a part of audience. Mr. Miyazaki also
tends so. We imagine it should be better to put some
restriction on the director's demand.
- Mr. Kawamata - another aspect of Mr. Miyazaki
He talked about another aspect of Mr. Miyazaki. He showed a model magazine
`Scale Aviation'. It reported on the model contest of Savoia S-21, which was
a red plane of Porco Rosso in `Kurenai no Buta (Porco Rosso)'.
He said, "When Mr. Miyazaki talks about his works or cartoons,
I feel he is too serious. But when he talks about his interests,
for example tanks, planes, etc., I think he seems more lively,
and sepaks more frankly."
- Mr. Miwa - about the Ghibli's museum
I'm a chairman of naucon.
I talked about the Ghibli's museum which will be opened at Mitaka,
west of Tokyo, in 2001.
I said, "I can't understand why Mr.Miyazaki
and the Ghibli build the museum. I'm sure that they are professional
animators and they have done good works on animated films. But I think
their works are not suitable for a museum nor for an amusement park.
So, I'm anxious about how the Ghibli's museum is going to be."
23:15 Video session
We terminated the main session and had a break time for taking a bath.
After a while, we moved to the video session.
We watch the following cartoons:
26:00 End of 1st day
Oct.31st, 2nd day.
We went to bed ... zzz.
Some members went to a hot-spring.
Taking a bath in the morning definitely had us refreshed.
8:00 Break first
The taste of fresh rice `Hitomebore' was very good.
Mr.Nanbu and Mr.Kataoka left for their homes earlier than others.
Mr Saito took them to Fukushima station by his car.
The number plate was ... ? :)
We adopted the Takayu Declaration.
The Takayu Declaration is `We are watching them from now on.'
It means that we should discuss not only the past works of Miyazaki
and the Ghibli but also their current works and what they will do in
And We decided naucon 2000 will be held at Tokyo next summer.
We took a photograph at the entrance and all of the programme was finished.
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