My Juhachiban/’Go-to song’

Recently The Japan Society asked for contributions from members on the topic of their juhachiban or ‘go-to song’ at karaoke. Juhachiban literally means ’18’, but, according to the definition Wikipedia, its the term given to the one song which singers are especially good at and which they use to show off their singing abilities and…

Post 600 – China In Your Hand

Apparently, this will be my 600th post. With my 500th post, I did a post relating to the number 500 – Favourite Photos: 500 series Passing – so I thought I would do something similar with this post. There is no 600 series shinkansen, so there won’t be another train photo. In fact, the first…

Book Review: “All The Devils” by Barry Eisler

As noted in my reviews of “The Detachment” and “The Khmer Kill“, I read four books by Barry Eisler this summer, and following “The Khmer Kill” being centred around Dox, and using the chart discussed in my review of “The Detachment”, it was natural to go on to a story centred around one of my…

“You Only Live Twice” – Bond Goes To Japan

Having recently read the original novel “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming, I decided to re-watch the film again. At one level, I probably didn’t need to as I’ve seen it so many times, having grown up watching it many times each year as it was one of the few films that we had…

Book Review: “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker

One of my favourite bands in the 1980s was T’Pau and I have previously done a post about their album Essential (which is an absolute bargain, and you should pick up if you don’t have a copy). As I noted in my review of Essential, like me, T’Pau hail from Shrewsbury. That was one of…

My Top James Bond Movies

After my posts about top disaster movies and my top movies and TV shows, I thought, as James Bond featured twice in that latter list and I have done a number of posts related to James Bond, that I would rank all of the Bond movies. As with the previous lists, the ratings are just…

My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

Book Review: “Did They Steal A Million Yet?” by James Crookes

It’s December 2021. But it’s also December 1984. Yes, after the highly enjoyable “Do They Know It’s Christmas Yet?“, Tash, Jamie, and company are back for another crazy ride between two time lines. Unlike the first book, this one doesn’t have the premise of needing to ensure that a key thing happens so that history…

Essential T’Pau, Essential Listening

I have done a number of posts that are book reviews related to music, a post talking about the albums have influenced me most, and there are those related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the book that I am writing about Frankie fans and Frankie’s music. But, to date, I have only done one…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 100 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 7, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 100 series. I am slightly surprised that it didn’t come higher in the list. I featured some photographs of the 100 series in my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan… Here are some additional photographs of the…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 0 Series Shinkansen

We are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen and at position 8 is the original 0 series (it actually had no number when first introduced, but became the 0 series when the 100 series was introduced). I featured some photographs of the 0 series in my book Shinkansen: From…