England and Japan’s Early Interactions – BAJS Podcast 5

It is ironic that on the day that flights between the UK and Japan became even more difficult (apparently 16 hour plus direct flights will start at the weekend) that I have just finished listening to the latest episode of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) podcast about the early interactions between England and…

The Avro Lancaster

On 7 May 2021 I was watching the first episode of the 30th series of the BBC series Top Gear. The main feature was the three presenters discussing and driving their ‘dad’s cars’ – not the actual cars themselves, but the type of car that their dad drove when the presenters were kids. It was…

Book Review: “Beyond This Broken Sky” by Siobhan Curham

Having read and enjoyed Frankie Says Relapse by Siobhan Curham, I was looking forward to reading her latest book. The book is described as being a ‘WW2 historical novel’ – in many respects this description doesn’t do it justice. It’s other description, that it is ‘completely heartbreaking and unforgettable’, is more accurate… in some ways….

“Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan” – Excellent Docu-Drama

I have previously posted about one of my favourite places in Japan being Sekigahara – some of which owes to its place in Japanese history. Although I wouldn’t say that the Sengoku Period is my favourite part of Japanese history, there is something compelling about what happened towards the end of the period and how…

Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin and History – Another Role for Manga?

In my previous post I raised an issue about how manga may have a role in relation to teaching things to society – in that case to teaching people about the impact of tsunami and the recovery from them. I have also discussed how the manga Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin may have referred to the JL123…