Two drawings of scenes from Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, and some notes on a song an a novel used in this movie.
The fascinating background behind a present from long ago.
A drawing of a key scene in Yasujirō Ozu's movie Tokyo Story.
A watercolour of a made-up poster for the movie Tokyo Story.
A watercolour of the Blue Dragon of Kiyomizu-dera during the Seiryu-e procession.
Why Kitchen is my favourite novel.
A watercolour of a Kyōto night scene.
On Japanese cultural references in Yoko Ogawa's novel The Memory Police.
Of the fifty tallest statues in the world, eighteen are of a being called Kannon. So who is this Kannon, and why are some many of the tall statues of it?
The story behind a series of four portraits from a scene in the movie 'Our Little Sister'.
Eidon wrote a beautiful short piece with two different arrangements. I wondered if I could make a third arrangement.
The classical tale behind a Japanese pop song.
Some observations on the Nobel lecture of Yasunari Kawabata
The short story of a whimsical music collaboration.
On the origin and meaning of a Shinshū Buddhist hymn which I encountered in Yu Miri's Tokyo Ueno Station.
On the origin and meaning of this chant, common in Japanese Buddhism.
After spending nearly six years reading Murakami's 1Q84 in Japanese, I finally finished it. What did I learn?
In one of the final chapters in 1Q84, a character tells an intriguing story about Carl Gustav Jung. I went looking for the story behind the story.
A very short story for the Fifth Annual Kyoto Writing Competition.
On the symbolism of puppets in Ghost in the Shell anime series.
Some years ago I photographed musicians in a festival float in Kyoto on the eve of the Gion Matsuri. I finally turned it into a drawing.
The many layers behind the theme song of the Ghost in the Shell anime 'Innocence'.
A tale of a shop with a strange name, the planets, and the days of the week.
Some observations on reading Japanese: reading aloud and reading without subvocalising.
A few tips to get off to a good start with vegan cooking.
A look at why the 'Little People' in Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 say 'Ho ho'
Why do Tengo and Fuka-eri repeat one another so frequently?
A story of counting systems, a mathematics treatise and buddhist scriptures, with a supercomputer and a samurai.
Some years ago I saw a a traditional dance performance in Kyoto on the eve of the Gion Matsuri. I finally turned it into a drawing.
Quick and Tasty recipes don't use onion. There is no special reason, I just prefer ginger. So let's make the case for ginger.
Why even 5 minutes per day is enough to get you there.
Some thoughts on a recent study saying that we need to eat ten portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
Quick an Tasty Cooking is one year old!
There are many, many varieties of rice. Here are five types that I like.
Why it is hard, and what you can do to make it easier.
Simple and effective design.
Peer into the fridge, see what you can make.
Discovering Murakami in Japanese, and a Zen cookbook.
Cooking food in the microwave has many advantages.
What we can learn from a Zen Buddhist cookbook.
Some of the qualities of a geek boffin are transferable to cooking.
With these tips, making tasty meals will be a breeze.
Recipes for healthy, tasty meals in no time.