2021 in Review – A Difficult Year with Some Positive Highlights

Much like 2020, 2021 didn’t really work out as planned. When I look back at 2021 the over-riding memory is of losses. First, my father, Peter Hood, and then also friends, most notably Masaaki “Mick” Yamada. But there were other losses too – such as Shin’ichi Iida, fellow-Blade David Wainwright, and Salti (the owner of…

2020 in Review – Not a Lost Year

2020 didn’t really work out as planned. But while I have seen no shortage of posts on social media about it being a ‘lost year’, my experiences don’t tie in with this. Further, of the various phrases and concepts that I come across in my research and dealings with Japan, one of those that I…