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The Only Gaijin in the Village 4

Busy, busy, busy, hence not posting here in a while, for which much apologies. My summer holidays are fast approaching bringing a chance to work on my novel, do some touring around Japan for fun and research (Tohoku, I’m talking

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The Only Gaijin in the Village Chapter 3

A few updates. I have two articles in this Sunday’s Japan Times, one of Kenneth Rexroth’s 100 Poems from the Japanese and the other on Marc Peter Keane’s Japanese Garden Notes. Also the third chapter of “The Only Gaijin in the Village” is up

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Japanese History

Well it’s all been go of late, starting a new job and joining a band (rhythm guitarist, first gig on Saturday). But I’ve also been keeping up with the writing (though not as much as I’d like). My latest piece

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Haiku Interview

I was recently interviewed about my poetry collection, Fractures, and you can read all about it here. Also newly up is the second chapter in my The Only Gaijin in the Village column, which you can read here. How great is

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Japanese Settings, International Themes

Looking for a good book? The second in my new series of articles looking at Japanese literature focuses on novels set in the country but written by non-Japanese writers. Featuring famous names like David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro and David Peace,

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The Only Gaijin in the Village

Another update. It’s all go here at the moment as I close down the business I’ve been running for nearly eight years and take up a university teaching post, but I’ve found time for some reviews and to start a

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Adventures in Criticism

Another update post. I’ve been busy on the journalism and criticism front recently (a side-effect of publishers front-loading spring releases). In the Japan Times I’ve reviewed Japanese classics A Dark Night’s Passing by Naoya Shiga and The River Ki by Sawako

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