Still the Water (2つ目の窓 Futatsume no mado) is a 2014 Japanese romance film directed by Naomi Kawase. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
The above link leads to an article about Naomi Kawase and five things to know about her. In the introduction it says:
“The Singapore International Film Festival spotlights Naomi Kawase, one of the most respected and well-known filmmakers of contemporary Japanese cinema. The Jury Head of this year’s Asian Feature Film Competition held a masterclass as part of the festival, and here’s five things to know about this auteur.
One of the most well-known contemporary Japanese filmmakers today, Naomi Kawase’s fiction and non-fiction works have transcended cinemas and theatres to make their way into museums and arts institutions. Her thematic explorations on the state of modern Japanese society, female representation, dysfunctional family structures, coupled with her own personal reflections, have attracted a loyal following of film programmers, critics and audiences.
The Singapore International Film Festival puts the spotlight on Naomi Kawase, one of the most respected and well-known filmmakers of contemporary Japanese cinema. The Jury Head of this year’s Asian Feature Film Competition held a masterclass as part of the festival, and here’s five things to know about this auteur.”
One of the five things she mentions ia the following:
location, location, location
and she revealed to this the following:
“Naomi revealed that although she used to stay in Tokyo, she has since moved out from there. She currently resides the small town of Nara, where the pace of life is slow – but she doesn’t mind it at all.
“It is actually that kind of environment that is conducive to discovering important things in life”, she says. “And the town has a long history, surrounded by Nature.”
Here is what it says about Nara in Wikipedia:
About Nara’s History it says:
The temples of Nara, known collectively as the Nanto Shichi Daiji, remained spiritually significant even beyond the move of the political capital to Heian-kyō in 794, thus giving Nara a synonym of Nanto (南都 “The southern Capital”).
In 2010, Nara celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as Japan’s imperial capital.”