Back in the late '70s and early '80s, when everyone suddenly discovered sushi and Akira Kurosawa, it was hip to be a Japanophile, and I was. And even now, when sushi bars proliferate almost as quickly as Starbucks, I still appreciate not only the unique Japanese sense of grace and subtlety, but also Japan's reverent pop-culture mania. It's only been natural for me to glom on to my nine-year-old's fascination with contemporary anime and the folklore-powered imagination of Hayao Miyazaki, the new, better Disney. And so, with high expectations, I dragged my family down to Pueblo for this year's Japan-themed summer exhibits at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children's Museum, 210 North Santa Fe Avenue, which had everything to do with all of the above. I was... More >>>