New Novel “FOUR” Released

My latest novel, FOUR, has been released. It is available as both an eBook and Paperback. The book starts in April 2013. Photo-journalist Iwakura and his reporter friend Eri, as she was known to the whole of Japan, would be working together again. The pair appeared very briefly at the end of Hijacking Japan, but…

“Fearless” – Excellent Post-Plane Crash Movie

In the next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, I am writing about Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993). The following is a summary for the movie on IMDb about the movie: After a terrible air disaster, survivor Max Klein emerges a changed person. Unable…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Shin-Kobe Station

Generally I prefer not to photograph shinkansen at a station, but there are times when it is the most practical thing to do. I’ve already done some posts about some stations such as Atami , Mishima, Maibara, Takasaki, and Tokuyama. This time I will cover Shin-Kobe. The main feature, in terms of photography, is that…

Mushroom Cloud Art

As I wrote about in my posts about the movies “Special Bulletin“, “Threads“, “The Day After“, “Black Rain” and “In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud“, I have had an interest in nuclear weapons since my teenage years. As well as the history and development of the weapons themselves, I also find something compelling about…

Book Review: “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins

At some point in 2020, possibly in a Facebook group, I came across mention of the book “Let’s Make Lots of Money” by Tom Watkins. I had become aware of Tom Watkins’ name from reading “Pet Shop Boys, Literally” as he had been their manager at the time that that book was written. Other than…