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The Japanese art of “forest bathing” comes to Britain... and anyone who likes Miyazaki's classic animation My Neighbour Totoro will have no trouble in relating to it.

The author of this article tried it out in Thorpe Forest, near Thetford in Norfolk, a place that I can recommend from personal experience!



“Portrait of a Tree” © by Nathaniel Merz, whose other work (from his home in South Korea) is well worth checking out

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.




One of the last remaining trees...
(My screenshots - click either image above for the Wikipedia article on this movie)


(Screenshots above from Rotten Tomatoes - click either image to see more)

If you like French animation (see here on my web site), you may remember the time when Sylvain Chomet's Les Triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville, a.k.a. Belleville Rendezvous) gave the world a wake-up call that there was more to great animation than Disney and Miyazaki.

This movie is very different and equally original (and equally Gallic, and equally unsuitable for small children). It's an adventurous eco-fable, set in an alt-reality steampunk world where almost all of the trees in Europe have been burnt for charcoal and the air is severely polluted. It has been summarized accurately as “a sophisticated, riveting adventure about the power of scientific innovation in society”.

Currently free to watch in the UK if you subscribe to Amazon Prime Video, this is a multi-award-winning treat not to be missed.


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Beautiful photography by Pierre Moreau, a Frenchman now living in Belgium. Among other things, he is the press photographer of the European Commission.

Also, don't miss his beautiful colour work which you will find here.

Thanks to my great friend Louvain95 (Lou) for this one. Lou hails from Belgium and has beautiful pages that are well worth visiting.