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 Places in Japan: Kagoshima

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kagoshima (鹿児島). I have been to Kagoshima many times, having first gone there in 1992 when I travelled around much of Japan (including all of the four main islands) on JR Passes. When I first went I didn’t like Kagoshima much, but…

Favourite Photos: Hakodate Airport

On some days I am going to just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken at Hakodate Airport back in 2013. I have also included this photo in a post that I did about Hakodate. As I wrote there, what I like is…

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…

Favourite Places in Japan: Seto

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Seto (瀬戸市) in Aichi. As many people assume that you are talking about the Seto Inland Sea when the name ‘Seto’ is mentioned, it is common to refer to Seto not only as Seto city, but…

Book Review: “An Affair with a Village” by Joy Hendry

Back in the relatively early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, I attended a webinar by Joy Hendry on her ‘affair with a village’. It was not that the webinar was based on a book that would be coming out. The book came out earlier in 2021 and I have just finished reading it. As I have…

Favourite Poems – Because of You

After my post about Pleasuredome, sorry, Kubla Khan, this is the second post about my favourite poems. Being someone who specialises in Japan, you probably would be expecting me to include a haiku. This one is as close as you are going to get. Unlike Kubla Khan, this poem is completely different and, at least…

Nostalgia and Computer Games

Growing up in the 1980s, I was amongst the first generation that had some form of computer games to play with. I had a ZX Spectrum and used to spend many hours on it when I was at home – and even more when I got my own TV (albeit a black and white one)….