Book Review: “At First Light” by Barbara Nickless

On the face of it, as someone who is interested in symbols and semiotics, this should have been the perfect crime book for me to read. There was certainly much that I enjoyed. But I also found elements of the book a bit of a battle. The two main battles I had actually surrounded the…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Kaiten Sushi

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done seven posts (these are not in any…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Emergency Exit Sign

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done six posts (these are not in any…

Wabi Sabi

10 October is Mental Health Awareness day, an issue which is as important today during the COVID19 pandemic as it has ever been. I am very happy to support this campaign. As I did for the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2019, I will be supporting MIND when I run in 2022 (race postponed many times!)….

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Emoji

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done three posts (these are not in any…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Washlet

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done two posts (these are not in any…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Hello Kitty

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done one post (these are not in any…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Shinkansen

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. This post covers the first of my choices. It should come…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have attended a number of webinars (e.g. Tokyo: Art & Photography, Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World, ‘We Japanese are more polite than others’: Intercultural Communication and Stereotypes, and An Insight into the Mechanism of the Roles of Antiheros in Manga and Anime under…

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…

“People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan”

In my recent presentations ‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan‘ and ‘Western Pop Acts in Japan: Putting the Cult into Culture‘, as well as in the part of my book Frankie Fans Say, I have been discussing the term ‘Big in Japan’. The term appears to be another one of those cliches…

Tokyo: Art & Photography

Back in July (2021) I attended a webinar for a book launch of Tokyo: Art & Photography. The webinar was fabulous, providing insights into the book itself. The webinar was organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and is available on YouTube. One thing that became clear during the webinar is that there was also an…