Death Studies Podcast – A Brilliant Podcast That’s About Much More Than Death

As noted in my post ‘The “Uncanny Japan” Podcast and Culture Shock‘, over the last couple of years I have been listening to many more podcasts and have even appeared on some (for example, Voices in Japanese Studies, the Compounding Curiosity Podcast talking about my research on the shinkansen, the Fandomentals Podcast talking about Japanese…

Ofuda and Tanzaku

Following my previous post about omamori, I am going to write about ofuda and tanzaku in this post. Like my previous post, this post is inspired by an episode of the ‘Uncanny Japan’ podcast, Episode 43 Tsuno Daishi: The Great Horned Master. As noted in the ‘Uncanny Japan’ episode, an ofuda is a kind of…

Omamori – ‘Lucky’ Japanese Amulets

Like my previous post (The ‘Uncanny Japan’ Podcast and Culture Shock), this post is inspired by an episode of the ‘Uncanny Japan’ podcast. This time it was Episode 43 Tsuno Daishi: The Great Horned Master – but rather than the main topic of the episode, this post is about one of the two aspects of…

The ‘Uncanny Japan’ Podcast and Culture Shock

I subscribe to a number of podcasts – and have even appeared on some (for example, Voices in Japanese Studies, the Compounding Curiosity Podcast talking about my research on the shinkansen, the Fandomentals Podcast talking about Japanese baseball, and Let’s Jaws For A Minute). One of those that I subscribe to is Uncanny Japan in…

Book Review: “RoXXXette on the Road” by Per Gessle

When I was in Sweden in September (see ‘Walking On Air: A Trip to Sweden‘), I got four books. Three of these have a connection to Roxette. The first of them, “Kärleken Till Livet” by Marie Fredriksson, I have already reviewed. This post is about the second of them, “RoXXXette on the Road”. I am…

Book Review: “Sweetmeat” by Mark Edwards

What is the perfect book? Of course, there is no ultimate, single perfect book – we all have different tastes. In fact, there’s probably no single perfect book for me – so perhaps my question should have been ‘what is a perfect book?’ – after dealing with Japanese for over 30 years, I struggle with…

Book Review: “Mother of all Secrets” by Kathleen M. Willett

I got a copy of this book as one of my ‘Amazon first’ books and due to the number of other books I’d been reading recently, had completely forgotten what the book was about and why I’d chosen it by the time I got round to reading it. Coincidentally, the book is primarily set over…

Japan’s Borders Are Open!

Today, at long last, Japan lifted almost all of the restrictions for visiting the country (and there are no shortage of news stories covering this). Although I could have visited Japan before now as getting a visa for academic research would have been possible (and indeed colleagues have done this), I have held off doing…