Photo gallery: The Culture of 'Artificiality'

Photo gallery: The Culture of 'Artificiality'

Fairy Tales of the Apocalypse Hayao Miyazaki's Prophetic Whimsy

Japanese popular culture has always seemed strange to the West: hysterical, garish and manic. Now the culture of artificiality is proving to be a grim predictor of a gruesome reality. Hayao Miyazaki's recent film "Ponyo," about a catastrophic wave, suddenly seems prophetic since the events of March 11.
Von Lars-Olav Beier, Tobias Rapp und Nora Reinhardt
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan