What we did on our holidays

What we did on our holidays

August in Japan is a reflective month. It features the O-Bon festival, when the spirits of the departed return to their former worldly homes, and the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and is the hottest period of the year, a national...
Shanghai Toon

Shanghai Toon

I had a great trip to Shanghai. My third or fourth time there. I was originally supposed to go there from Hong Kong in 1994, then take the ferry to Osaka. I was waylaid by matters of the heart and a reservation with a 3 p.m. sunset in Whitley Bay. It was great to see...

Lounging Around

At the recent family reunion I stayed with my aunt and uncle in Caversham. We sat round the kitchen table for several meals. I first sat at that table in the mid-1970s. They were different, simpler times. My uncle had been to Hong Kong on business and brought back...

Letter from the UK

I left Japan on March 7th, spent the night in London and the weekend at my sister’s converted church in Cambridgeshire. I visited the local library. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was at the London Book Fair. Of course, a new outfit is necessary every year. I...