Monthly Archives: January 2022

Oz in the News 1.11.22

Go strawberry picking in a secret Oz themed greenhouse at Chiba’s Keisei Rose Garden Famous for its large variety of roses, the Keisei Rose Garden in Chiba prefecture is changing things up with a special strawberry picking event. Yes, you’re reading that right: strawberry season in Japan is actually in winter. The event takes place in a greenhouse in the backyard of the rose garden, which is not usually open to the public. The entire experience is themed on the story of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Participants are guided to the greenhouse by a gardener dressed as a ‘strawberry hunter’.  Upon entering the greenhouse, you’ll be welcomed by a nearly 2-metre-tall puppet resembling the Tin Man of the original story. The puppet reveals the secret about special ‘Oz strawberries’ that are growing in the greenhouse, which are said to be ultra delicious. 

Oz in the News 1.5.22

Father John Misty Cruises Back into View With a Zany, Romantic Ballad and Wizard of Oz imagery

Oz in the News 1.2.2022

Auntie Em actress from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was a Maine ship captain’s daughter born at sea She began to pursue acting in 1900, when she was 24. She acted on stage and in early motion pictures, making her Broadway debut in 1912. During World War I, she went to France to perform volunteer work for the American Expeditionary Force and she continued to act upon her return. She moved to Hollywood in 1929, and worked steadily for the next 20 years. According to some estimates, she acted in as many as 200 films, often playing mothers or other maternal figures. She played Aunt Polly in “Tom Sawyer” in 1930 and “Huckleberry Finn” in 1931. Her most famous movie, though, was “The Wizard of Oz.” Auntie Em was a small role but an important one, and Clara Blanchard Dickey earned $750 for her work, or nearly $14,000 in today’s dollars.