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The Passing of Donald Richie, American Expert on Japan
Blog Post by ROBERT JARRELL | 03. MARCH 2013
Whenever I think about Japan I often think of Donald Richie, the Japanese film critic, writer, and artist who recently passed away in February, 2013. I had the opportunity to meet and interview him in 2002 for a magazine I published at the time called HeadLight Journal. My impressions of him after the interview was that I had met a man of extreme intelligence, life experience, and who was very articulate. He expressed to me many words of wisdom, one of which was his take on existentialism:
Existentialism tells you that you are only, merely, but finally and triumphantly, what you do. All the best intentions in the world, all the crying over spilt milk, never last. When you are in your grave, what you accomplish is the only thing that works. That's why Ikiru is such a great picture—that's what it's about.
He was prolific as a writer and artist and his life was fulfilled by his love for Japan, his adopted homeland.