Anniversary of the Opening of the Shinkansen

1 October marks the anniversary of the opening of the first shinkansen (‘bullet train’) line, the Tokaido Shinkansen. The line opened in 1964, just a few days before the Tokyo ‘summer’ Olympics (which were held in October to avoid the heat of a Japanese summer). Since then the network has expanded across the country, and…

“Climber’s High”

Of all the disaster narratives that I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, the one that I have studied in most detail is ‘Climber’s High’ (クライマーズ・ハイ) as it ties in so much with my research about the JL123 crash. As well as the novel – which is one of the…

Book Review: The Missing Sister by Elle Marr

I got this book as one of my free choices each month with Amazon. I’m really glad that I chose this book. It’s very well written and a fabulous story. I loved the characters and although there were a couple of bits where I thought it went a bit over the top, by that time…

Contents Tourism – Zulu

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about a place that I haven’t even been to yet. I’ve already discussed about some of my favourite films from my childhood and how I have been to…

Contents Tourism – James Bond island and Phuket

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m staying in Thailand after my one about the Bangkok Plane Graveyard. Although I’ve discussed before about Jaws, Zulu and or You Only Live Twice, another favourite that I watched…

Contents Tourism – Bangkok Plane Graveyard

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about the Bangkok Plane Graveyard. This one is a bit different to the others I have already written about in that the others were largely inspired by seeing…

Contents Tourism – Jaws/Martha’s Vineyard

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), and having already done three on one of my top three favourite films (see my post on the New Otani Hotel for discussion on this) on You Only Live Twice,…

Researching Japan – My busiest trip

I have been visiting Japan since 1989, going there at least once in all but two years since my first visit. To date (May 2020), there have been 45 trips and the majority of these have been for research. As well as keeping notes from the observations and interviews and taking photos during these trips,…

Contents Tourism – Himeji

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I am doing my third and final one (probably) related to You Only Live Twice (007は二度死ぬ). When thinking of Himeji and its castle, I suspect most people don’t immediately think…

Contents Tourism – Akime

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing on the tiny village of Akime. As I wrote in my ‘postcard’ on the International Journal of Contents Tourism site… If you have seen the James…

Contents Tourism – Star Wars Planes

As it is May 4th today, and an opportunity to discuss Star Wars (May The Fourth Be With You – May the Force be with You), in the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing…

Contents Tourism – The New Otani Hotel

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing on The New Otani hotel in Tokyo. As I wrote in my ‘postcard’ on the International Journal of Contents Tourism site… Much of the James Bond…