Japan Probe tipped me off to an article about Hayao Miazaki, the legendary animator/filmmaker responsible for such classics as Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Excerpts from an interview with IT Media, translated by the cool people at Japan Probe, highlight his disdain for the technology crush that has all of us in its grip:

“For me, there is no feeling of admiration or no excitement whatsoever,” Miyazaki said about the iPad. “It’s disgusting. On trains, the number of those people doing that strange masturbation-like gesture is multiplying.”

Miyazaki also noted that he also got “fed up” when everyone on the trains started reading manga and then later when everyone began using cell phones on the trains to presumably send text messages.

The Kotaku article about Miyazaki’s comments mentions that the filmmaker does not own a computer and barely uses his television. It’s rare to find people like that in today’s society, as we grow more and more attached and caught up in our techno-gadgets.

I’m picturing Miyazaki sitting on a subway train in Japan getting angry at all the passengers plodding away on their iPads, iPhones, furiously typing text messages and other things that he sees as a public nuisance.

Thanks to Japan Probe for posting this first and translating some of the text from the IT Media interview for those of us who don’t speak Japanese. 🙂


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