Japan is a really diverse country; especially for one so homogeneous when it comes to the population. This is partly due to the island nature of the country, and partially due to the oppressive rule of the shogunate that lasted from 1192-1860-ish. This restricted the movement of commoners, so different prefectures developed a lot of … Continue reading Weird Japanese Festivals – The Scarecrow Festival
When I was a kid, one of my favourite TV shows was Voltron. I preferred the Car Force series to the Lion Force, but both were great. I mean, people, piloting robots that looked like lions that joined together to form a robot that looked like a person. You can't make that kind of thing … Continue reading Shanghai is Neo-Tokyo
So I have managed to write another chapter for Arctic Gale. Finally up to #30! Okay, technically it is the 31st chapter because I have a boner for prologues, but you get the feeling. It's also looking like it will actually get to that novel length, which I wasn't sure if I could manage on … Continue reading There are no stars in Tokyo
I'm not sure how it affects others, but to me, Jet Lag is like a net that envelops your brain. When you wake up you feel its presence. I usually think, quite optimistically, that this is just the normal "tiredness" that will go away with breakfast and a coffee. An adequate dose of caffeine and … Continue reading Jetlag Express
Yeah, I know, there are thousands of examples of the Tokyo vs Osaka differences in pretty much everything that has come from Japan. And yes, they are contradictory. People from Kansai (the greater Osaka region, for want of a better word) are more open, more relaxed and slightly more friendly than people from Tokyo. Except … Continue reading A white guy in Osaka
So i guess I had a good weekend.
I've come to the startling realisation that I'm not really as mush of a tech user as my profession and lifestyle would lead you to believe. I trapse around the world, keeping people on the bleeding edge of technology. But I barely even surf the web anymore. I like keeping up to date with world … Continue reading On the road… on twitter… maybe