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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 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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Fractures Review, Northwords Now

I was delighted to see this review of Fractures in this weekend’s Japan Times. Copies are still available through the Tapsalteerie website, so if you haven’t got your yet, get on it! I’ve also got a short story, Leftovers, in the new issue of Northwords

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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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Reviews:Yukio Mishima,Takeshi Kaiko, Ko Unoki and Hannu Rajaniemi.

  Just a quick update on reviews I’ve been writing, the from the Japan Times and one from Shoreline of Infinity. Yukio Mishima’s The Sound of Waves is not his best book but is one of his most popular, certainly with filmmakers.

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