Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back from Japan

A complicated and rewarding trip. I have a few notes on Lady Isabella Bird and Koda Rohan, and maybe about a Kubuki performance, that should move me right back into 19th century books.

A couple of successes:

I never set foot in a restaurant I'd heard of, with the exception of two stops at Starbucks, and those were both instigated by Japanese people.

I never asked for a fork, although I used it if it was there.

A failure:

A month was not enough to straigten out basic greetings and farewells. Next time.


  1. Welcome back. I've enjoyed your museum and bookshop visits.

  2. Welcome back. I've been following your Japan posts -- very interesting.

  3. Lovely blog - came to it by chance. I shall return.

  4. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Let me plug praymont's ( recent pieces about and photos from Vienna - a lot of interesting stuff there. I may refer to those posts next week - I have been thinking about related issues in the context of Japan.

  5. Welcome back, glad you enjoyed your trip and that it will (hopefully) become food for further literary rambles in Japan.