2 Dec

Persimmon: “An edible fruit that resembles a large tomato and has very sweet flesh.”

Unless you are a fruit connoisseur, chances are you have probably never tasted one of these strange looking golden fruits. You have probably never even heard of it.  Neither had most of our crew, yet here we are, preparing to make a movie about a young Japanese man who is attempting to dry one.  Apparently, not all persimmons are naturally sweet, but if you dry them as many Japanese do, their flavor sweetens.

This is one of the random facts that our crew has discovered during our weekly class sessions on Wednesday afternoons. During this time, we spend an hour studying the Japanese language. Already we can count, order food, and apologize for stepping on someone’s toes on the train! Then, after time spent praying for each other and the project, we apply ourselves to developing the script and preparing it for production.

This process has been incredibly rewarding for our crew, and we have all learned so much thus far in the semester. So, at this point, we would like to invite you to share in our discoveries before we head off to Japan. This blog will be a place to learn about our progress and to meet each of the crew-members. Until we leave on January 4, students will blog about their involvement in the project and update you on what we are currently working on or things they learned this past semester. Later, when we arrive in Japan, you can expect to see daily blogs from the crew.

To learn more about the film Persimmon itself, click on the About link. We would also love to answer any questions you may have about the project, so feel free to contact us at persimmonthefilm@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and supporting us!

Rachel van der Merwe
(One of the producers)

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