Favourite Photos: Catching the Light

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken in Aokigahara in 2011, and the sapling was close to the exit of the Fugaku-Fuketsu (wind) Cave. I have a printed copy of this image in my office and it also…

Book Review: “Her Name is Knight” by Yasmin Angoe

This is a challenging book. In a good way. I have read books before (such as “Deadly Waters” by Dot Hutchison) where the descriptions and topic just seemed to go to far as I nearly stopped reading (though was pleased that I didn’t). This book wasn’t a challenge in that way. Yes, the topics were…

Book Review: “The Chaos Kind” by Barry Eisler

He’s back! No, I’m not talking about Bond, James Bond. I’m talking about Barry Eisler, one of my favourite authors. Compared to the majority of books that I read, Eisler’s books have more action, including fighting – Mr Bond would feel quite at home within these pages. But the action and fighting is always presented…

The 36th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

Tokyo 2020 is finally about to start

Today is 22 July 2021. It is the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (although some events have already taken place). The games are being associated now with a range of problems – most notably the continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Japanese people are opposed to the games taking place – there had…

Book Review: “The White Road” by Sarah Lotz

Having read The Three and Day Four, I was looking forward to reading another book by Sarah Lotz. I wasn’t disappointed. There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. Yet again, like The Three in particular, Lotz is happy to challenge how a book is presented and what can be achieved. In this…

Lucky Photography – Japanese Air Force One

In the last (at least for now) of my posts about 747s, I will be discussing a time when I got lucky with seeing a particular plane. The plane was the 747 version of Japanese Air Force One (I don’t really like the phrase since Japan doesn’t have an air force per se, but it’s…

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…