You can call me Blaise or Blaiser — whichever you prefer. I am a second year at the University of Virginia and majoring in ideas, connections, spontaneity, and meaningful interactions. Have you heard of it? Probably not.. as it is clearly not a major, but a personality that has led me here, Tokyo, Japan. To do what you may ask? Simply put, I am here to explore, reflect, and ponder Japanese culture through several lenses.
The first lens is my own — a quasi futuristic lens that helps me plan, organize and pull people and experiences together. So far, through thoughtful planning and enthusiasm, I have helped my group meet my old family friends from Serbia, plan a picnic on The Great Wall, and see Orion’s Belt from the top of Mt. Fuji. All experiences that have resulted from simply connecting the dots — a process I cannot wait to do more of.
The Running Japan Film, a documentary on Japanese long distance running, is the second lens that I am simultaneously focusing in on. With a tremendous amount of technical support from my project mates, Chandler Collins, Gabriel Aguto and Keelyn McCabe, we are slowly forming our perspective of the Japanese community and mobility through ekiden, a Japanese national sport.
While our final narratives marinate, we will be documenting our travels through microfilms. Although it’s always variable to predict how our roles will pan out with these films, I foresee my role in these microfilms as ironing out the details of what picture to capture next.
I hope you enjoy the multi-media concoction of our adventures!