Archive for August, 2011

The Kamikochi Trail


I’ve just come back from a summer vacation at Kamikochi, in Nagano prefecture, at the foot of the Western Japan Alps.

Spent most of Saturday hiking in the forest trails – through the swamps, around the lake.

Right in the middle of the trail was a hut that sold iwana – a kind of river fish, roasted on a stick around an open charcoal fire, and served with smoked cheese, noodles and a glass of fine nihonshu. Nothing better to set you up for the hike back to the hotel.

The New Asakusa Skyline


Yesterday – Aug 24th – I went on the Hokusai Walk, through downtown Tokyo, as research for the novel “Voice of the Mirror”, the sequel to “Voice of the Sword”. A full report will follow next week, but I’m off to the mountains tomorrow, and will be out of touch for a while.

And after that report …

it will be time for this.

Ghost Stories for a Japanese Summer



The Apocalypse will continue – after this word from our sponsor


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