Favourite Photos: Godzilla in Shinjuku

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 Shinjuku, Tokyo, in 2018. I was in Japan for a conference related to Contents Tourism – which would ultimately lead to my chapters Contents Tourism in Plane…

Troubling Anniversaries – An Excellent Online Conference

On 21 and 22 October I attended an online conference on the theme of ‘Troubling Anniversaries’. The conference was organised through a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) within the School of Advanced Study in the University of London and Centre for Public History,(Opens in new window) The online conference explored the uses of…

Book Review: “The World Set Free” by HG Wells

As I have written about before (and will be a part of a new book that I am working on, as well as in my next novel), one of my interests relates to the imagery of ‘the mushroom cloud‘, atomic weapons, including issues relating to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the…

Yumenoshima – Island of Dreams?

In a recent class at Cardiff University, I mentioned Yumenoshima (夢の島) in Tokyo. I visited the area in July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino University. There were a combinations of reasons why I visited the island. First, having come…

The Daigo Fukuryū Maru Exhibition Hall

In the next of my series of posts about memorialisation sites I have visited, I’m writing about my visit to the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (第五福龍丸) Exhibition Hall. I visited the site on 18 July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino…