Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Rice Cooker

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done five posts (these are not in any…

Essential T’Pau, Essential Listening

I have done a number of posts that are book reviews related to music, a post talking about the albums have influenced me most, and there are those related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the book that I am writing about Frankie fans and Frankie’s music. But, to date, I have only done one…

My Favourite Shinkansen: Index

Over the last few weeks I have been doing posts about each of the main shinkansen in a series called ‘my favourite shinkansen‘. To help index these posts – although you can use the tag also, this post provides the list of shinkansen covered. They are listed in numeric/alphabetical order. You will need to go…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 700 Series Shinkansen

I am now down to the final two, the 700 series and E4 series, in my list of my favourite shinkansen. As today (14 October) is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway, it seems appropriate to bring this series of posts to an end by…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E4 Series Shinkansen

I am now down to the final two, the 700 series and E4 series, in my list of my favourite shinkansen. As today (14 October) is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway, it seems appropriate to bring this series of posts to an end by…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 500 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 3, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 500 series. As I mentioned before in relation to the 800 series, all of my top 4 appeared on the front cover of my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (one from each of the 4 JR…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Personal Stereo (Walkman)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done four posts (these are not in any…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 800 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 4, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 800 series. As I mentioned before, it was particularly hard to order the N700, E7/W7, and 800 series, but, at least for now, the 800 got the higher position. I featured some photographs of the 800 series in my book Shinkansen:…

Wabi Sabi

10 October is Mental Health Awareness day, an issue which is as important today during the COVID19 pandemic as it has ever been. I am very happy to support this campaign. As I did for the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2019, I will be supporting MIND when I run in 2022 (race postponed many times!)….

Monkey: A Journey To The West

A few months ago I posted about the Netflix series The New Legends of Monkey. As I mentioned in that post, I really enjoyed the series and hope that it will continue (still waiting for news on Series 3). I also wrote in that post that it had encouraged me to get out my copy…