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 Shikanoko quadrilogy, The Tengu’s Game of Go. I’ve already reviewed parts 1, 2 and 3. Both BashoContinue reading “Haiku, Mythology and a new Shoreline”

Reviews: Alan Spence and Lian Hearn

Today I have two pieces in the Japan Times. The first is a review of the recently released Lord of the Darkwood by Lian Hearn, the third in a four part series called The Tale of Shikanoko, a fantasy set in a mythical medieval Japan. The second is a look back at Alan Spence’s The Pure Land, aContinue reading “Reviews: Alan Spence and Lian Hearn”