Ikuru… was struck on this watching by how the ending wake-scene paralleled the opening office-scene with respect to a certain elaborateness in the presentation of clutter– in both cases Watanabe presiding, as it were, over those gathered, and in both cases a sort of clutter surrounding him — but in the wake-scene the clutter is of flowers, while in the office it is of papers and books — (flowers for papers, etc.) */ Gondola no Uta

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