Hi folks, I hope you’re all doing well and coping with the various stresses the plague times have brought us. Out here in the countryside life is much the same except they’ve closed the mountains, so that’s my main source of exercise gone. Ho hum.
Anyway, a few updates if you’re looking for ways of filling the day. The Sunday Times in the UK asked me to write a piece about lockdown in Japan, which you can find here, although it is behind a paywall.
The Only Gaijin in the Village has been selected in a couple of lists of travel books – 7 Japan Travel Books to Inspire Future Trips on Savvy Tokyo and Books To Inspire Travel on The Wise Traveller. Escape, figurative if not literal.
Events are also barreling down the pipeline. The University of Glasgow Creative Conversations event that was twice cancelled is back back on, this time online. Via Zoom on Monday May 25th at 1pm (UK)/9pm (Japan), you can find the relevant links here.
The lovely people at Wigtown Book Festival have invited me to join their #WigtownWednesdays online events. Also on Zoom, Wednesday May 20th at 7pm (UK) which is 3am in Japan! Only Gaijin After Dark.
I hope to see some of you in tiny celebrity squares on my laptop soon. In the meantime, live long, prosper, and remain indoors.