Category Archives: Japan

A Review of Modern Japanese Short Stories

Modern Japanese Short Stories edited by Ivan Morris, Tuttle Publishing, August 1st, 2019 (first published in 1962) Modern Japanese Short Stories is a collection by twenty five Japanese authors with stories published from early to middle of the twentieth century. … Continue reading

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Paying for Pleasance

One of the many cultural curiosities about Japan that I was never able to understand while living there was the existence of hostess bars and clubs. Such places are found all over the world but tend to be hidden from … Continue reading

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The Fascinating Backdrop

Lost in Translation is a 2003 film directed by Sophia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. From 1998’s Rushmore onwards, Murray transitioned into more dramatic roles and this is already one of his best remembered since this transition. … Continue reading

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A Humble Book for a Humble Man

Ask Iwata, edited by Hobonichi, Viz Media, May 27th, 2021 Satoru Iwata was the CEO of Nintendo from 2002 until his unexpected death from cancer in 2015. He was only 55 when he died which is very young for the … Continue reading

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The Setting of the Rising Sun

Rising Sun by Michael Crichton, Alfred a Knopf Inc, January 27th, 1992 Rising Sun is a novel written by Michael Crichton while he was still at the height of his literary powers. It was published after Jurassic Park and before … Continue reading

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Technology and the End User

  The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste by Rose George Portobello Books, September 16th, 2008 I don’t know precisely what got me thinking about how much I appreciate flush toilets over the last few years as … Continue reading

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Civilians aren’t Combatants

Edward Feser had written a response to a recent article by George Weigel trying to justify the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the Catholic Herald. It is well worth reading though you could take or leave the article he … Continue reading

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Sake Doesn’t Age Well

Ōkami was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006 and is probably best known as the best of the games developed during the brief but prolific existence of Capcom’s Clover Studio. Although not selling very well on release, it was … Continue reading

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The Bridge of Dreams

A few months ago I finished reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikubu. At over a thousand dense pages with plenty of footnotes, it was no small undertaking but absolutely worth the effort. This post will be something of … Continue reading

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Compliance & Competence

When I moved back to Australia, I began working for a school in a system I’d been out of for a decade and barely in before that. I was only a few years out of university when I moved to … Continue reading

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