Wednesday, September 9, 2009
September 9, 2009. 3 a.m.
999 @ The Witching Hour.
I just remembered we're still in the middle of the Chinese Ghost Month. Although the peak was supposed to be last September 2, the ghoulish party won't be over till the 18th.
I didn't feed any hungry ghosts. I'm not even Chinese.
I like to think the incessant blagadags going on outside the window are just the overripe mangoes falling from the tree.
There goes another. It doesn't help, though, that ghost hunters say that loud thuds and thumps and knocks are some of the audible ways spirits communicate with the living. And that big old mango trees are one of the favorite kinds of trees that elementals like to inhabit.
It also doesn't help that all my Third Eye pals say that whenever we talk of ghosts, they tend to gather round and listen in.
Interestingly, I also finished an anime double-feature earlier in the evening: Spirited Away* and Grave of The Fireflies**.
Cell phone buzzes.
Text from our cashier. From a business venture that I have left for dead.
Now there's one ghastly enterprise I truly wish would stop haunting me.
My grandfather always did say "Never fear the dead. Fear the living."
All quiet now. Time for bed.
*A full-length animated feature from Studio Ghibli, released in 2001. It won the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature (only the second Oscar ever awarded for Best Animated Feature), the first anime film to win an Academy Award, the first (and so far only) non-English speaking animation to win, and the only winner of that award to be traditionally animated or win among five nominees (in every other year there were three nominees). The film also won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Bloody Sunday). Spirited Away overtook Titanic in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.
**"Hotaru no Haka" is a 1988 animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata .This is the first film produced by Shinchosha, who hired Studio Ghibli to do the animation production work. It is an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, intended as a personal apology to the author's own sister.