12 August – A Key Date in the Year

Today seems like an appropriate day to come back from over a month’s break from writing blog posts and using social media (other than responding to a few tagged posts, for example). When making plans for the next year, we all have dates that we check to see what day they fall on, or block…

Book Review: “Impossible” by Sarah Lotz

Doing a review for this book that does it just is, well… impossible. How I would love to stop my review there, but Amazon and other sites require a certain number of words, so I will endeavour to say more. One of the challenges with doing a review for Impossible (also know as The Impossible…

Favourite Places in Japan: Seto Ohashi

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about Seto Ohashi (瀬戸大橋). Technically, I’m not sure whether it’s really a favourite place of mine, but it seemed easiest to place it with the other such posts. For, rather than a favourite place per se, it’s a place…

It’s The Journey, Not The Ending, That Counts

I have been planning on writing this post for a while now, but hadn’t found the right time to do so. A few things came together over the last week which meant that the time seems right. As noted in a number of posts – for example, most recently Being Prepared For An Accident –…

World Book Day – Like the Other 364 Days

Today is World Book Day, a day when we should celebrate books and many children will dress up as characters from favourite books. For me, World Book Day, is not that different to many other days of the year. My life is full of books. I have written before about the significant impact of movies/films…

Favourite Photos: Haneda Arrival at Dawn

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during as the plane I was on was about to arrive at Haneda Airport in January 2020. Little did I imagine that this would be my last trip to Japan for…

Favourite Photos: Oyodo River at Sunset

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Japan in 2013. It is a view of the Oyodo River (王淀川) in Miyazaki (宮崎). The picture is one of a series of pictures that I took…

Favourite Photos: Catching the Light

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken in Aokigahara in 2011, and the sapling was close to the exit of the Fugaku-Fuketsu (wind) Cave. I have a printed copy of this image in my office and it also…

Interview for Voices in Japanese Studies Podcast

I was interviewed for the final episode of this season of Voices in Japanese Studies (VIJS). I spoke with the hosts, Anna Vittinghoff and Matt Loten, about my life in Japanese Studies, how I got here, why I chose Japanese Studies, and how I balances my roles at Cardiff and the British Association for Japanese…

Interview for the Compounding Curiosity Podcast

As I have referred to in a few posts recently (My Favourite Shinkansen: The E3-Series Shinkansen, My Favourite Shinkansen: The 200-Series Shinkansen, Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Shinkansen, Concorde – Too Perfect?, and My Favourite Shinkansen: The 0 Series Shinkansen), I was recently interviewed for the Compounding Curiosity podcast. This podcast has now been published…

Favourite Places in Japan: Naka-Itabashi

I believe that this is my 400th blog post. Given that I have been writing about my favourite shinkansen recently, it would have been appropriate to write about the 400 series – but I’m trying to do those posts in order and I wasn’t ready to get to that shinkansen yet. Perhaps I could even…