Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

Nov 14, 2015

Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

Were it not for the well-nourished faces of the passengers suffused with keen expressions of expectation and purpose, the supine bodies, unpacked food, luggage and blankets strewn across the hard flooring of the ferry’s modern equivalent of steerage class resembled those of a migrant ...

The experience of a 'Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage'

Aug 22, 2015

The experience of a 'Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage'

The pilgrimage experience is not singular. It can be a journey of enlightenment, a chance to improve your health or to expiate for a wrong deed. And there’s also the more mundane business of administering to blisters. Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage, by Michael Pye267 pagesEquinox ...

Still waters run deep in Shizuoka's ancient town of Mishima

Aug 8, 2015

Still waters run deep in Shizuoka's ancient town of Mishima

It was no coincidence that my custard tart, known locally as a Fujisancho cake, had been fashioned in the form of Japan’s most sacred mountain. The confectionery, resembling a Japanese version of a Mont Blanc but tasting a lot better, was closer to a ...

Memories of those marked by nuclear war

Aug 8, 2015

Memories of those marked by nuclear war

August, 2015. This is a month of great testimonials: outpourings of guilt, grief, consternation, remorse, atonement and, for those whose ends are not served by an honest reckoning of the past, evasion. Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, by Susan Southard.416 pagesViking, Nonfiction. It was, ...