Ever since I found a strange coin in my mum’s button box, I’ve been curious about Japan. The coin was bronze coloured and round and had a square hole in the middle. It had strange writing on it. I think my dad’s cousin must have brought it home from the Korean War in the 1950s. I was told it was Japanese.
Around the same time, a cartoon started to play on UK tv – Battle of the Planets. This was my first encounter with anime. I loved it.
And then the 1980s struck, when design started to take Japanese art as a reference point. I had a sweatshirt with a map of the main Japanese islands on it. I made a cushion in Home Economics at school which featured an approximation of the old Japanese flag on one side and some tasty bamboo-style lettering alongside the modern Japanese rising sun on the other.
Decades later, when I met the man who is now my husband, one of the first things we found we had in common was our interest in Japan and all things Japanese. We went to Japan on honeymoon, thinking it was a chance in a lifetime thing, and we’d never have another chance to visit the place we both dreamed about. 18 months later, using some of the money from the sale of my house, we visited again. We made our third trip after another 18 months of saving up. We seem to be going every year now and are constantly thinking about the next trip!
The dream is to go out there to live and work, although we have no idea how we’re going to achieve this.
Meanwhile, this blog is a random scattering of pictures I took while in Japan, posts about things I’ve found while trawling the web, and the occasional thoughts I have about Japan and Japanese culture.
Everything written on this blog (except for the occasional quote, which will be in speech marks to make it obvious) is either my opinion or a recollection of things I’ve seen and done. That makes the words in this blog my copyright. Please respect that. The images that appear were all taken by me and are either drawn from my Flickr account or uploaded from my computer. Again, they’re my copyright, so please don’t steal. I don’t steal other people’s images to use here and I don’t see why anyone should use mine.