As I write this, Japan's 30-year anniversary of Star Wars is in full swing. For the uber geeks, you may ask, but Star Wars first showed in the U.S. in 1977. You would be right my little padawan. In fact, back in the day, it took a good year before movies arrived on other shores landing in countries like Japan. Star Wars has global appeal but the connection to Japan is special. After all, George Lucas cited the influence of Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film Kakushi toride no san akunin, or The Hidden Fortress, while creating Star Wars. Additionally, the adoption of Samurai rankings and costumes is undeniable.
I give a quick shout out to the biggest Star Wars fan I know, Han Park, who's at the convention hobnobing with some of the most influential artists and creators of the Star Wars series. He loves Star Wars so much he actually gave himself the name Han. Just kidding. that's his real name. What a koinkidink though, huh? Very jealous of the great time he's having and hoping I'll get a tee-shirt or two from the event when he returns. Han is pictured below with Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (or possibly Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Anakin Skywalker).