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Reviews: Tendai Huchu, Yasushi Inoue and Sarah Frederick

Hi folks, a quick update while the world falls apart around our ears. My latest pieces for the Japan Times are a review of Yasushi Inoue’s The Hunting Gun and a look at Sarah Frederick’s Turning Pages, a study of feminism and

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First Foot and Crossed Fingers

2017 has started with a blizzard of commissions, which is great but also accounts for the lack of updates on this here site, so I’ll quickly attempt a catch up. My haiku collection, Fractures, is out, selling well and getting good responses. The

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Sucking on the Tailpipe of 2016

So four days to go in the year and we’re all panicking every time an artist who has made an impact on our lives starts trending on Twitter. I just woke up to the news about Carrie Fisher. I had

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Review: Countdown to Pearl Harbour by Steve Twomey

This week’s review for the Japan Times is of Steve Twomey’s excellent new book, Countdown to Pearl Harbour: The Twelve Days to the Attack. It’s original both in the form it takes, focusing on the individuals involved and how their personalities and

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Review: Kunitake Kume’s Japan Rising

My latest piece in the Japan Times is on the abridged version of Kunitake Kume’s accounts of a diplomatic mission sent around the world by the Japanese government in 1871. It’s a fascinating read for all kinds of reasons, so check it

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Haiku, Mythology and a new Shoreline

This week I have two pieces in the Japan Times. One is a look back at haiku master Basho’s classic work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the other is a review of the final part in Lian Hearn’s The Tale of

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The Long Defeat by Akiko Hashimoto and Not The Booker

My latest piece for the Japan Times is a review of Akiko Hashimoto’s brilliant sociological study of how defeat in World War 2 has manifested in contemporary Japanese society. Balanced and insightful, it goes behind the easy simplifications normally attributed

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