The 2022 (Spring) Cardiff Half-Marathon

After the postponements from 2020 and 2021, I ran the Cardiff Half-Marathon on Sunday 27 March. This is the first of two Cardiff Half-Marathons this year as there will be another in October. I won’t be running that one. In fact, I don’t plan to run again, especially any Half-Marathons. I’m done. In August 2021,…

Running the Cardiff Half-Marathon

After the postponement(s) from 2020 and 2021, I will be running the Cardiff Half-Marathon on Sunday 27 March. Once again (see my post about the Cardiff Half-Marathon in 2019), I will be raising money for MIND. Although it would be great to do it in under 2 hours – which has always been my target…

JET, Jets and Japanese Studies

This post is based on a presentation I gave at the JET Alumni Association Special Interest Group Workshop at the University of East Anglia in December 2017. Let’s just remind ourselves of the aims of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme: ‘To increase mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of…

Favourite Places in Japan: Ueno-mura

Today I got a message from Facebook reminding me that three years ago I was in Ueno-mura (上野村), so it seems an appropriate time to continue with my posts about favourite places in Japan. I’ve written quite a few posts related to Ueno-mura already, with the main focus being on my research about the JL123…

Sporting Hobbies and My Writing

Although I largely keep my sporting interests and hobbies separate from my academic ones on Twitter, for example, where I have two separate accounts, I sometimes do bring my hobbies into my writing, both my novels and my academic writing. In this post, I discuss my sporting hobbies. Sometimes, the inclusion of my sporting hobby…

Cardiff Half-Marathon 2019

After a slight delay, I’ve got my certificate through from Mind for running the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2019 and raising money for them. As much as for me, this certificate is for all the wonderful people who supported me and the wonderful cause. Thank you again so much. I will be running again in…