So, on Sunday 9th of February I shall fly from Kansai International Airport to Manchester, England. I shall have quite a good lay over in Dubai, and might be able to use my Kindle on the flight. So I have drawn up a list of necessary Japan reading for a long flight.
To begin with, ‘Kamiya Bar and Other Stories’ by Dan Ryan. A long time friend of Japan, Dan is well known as a photographer as demonstrated here, but in this book he also demonstrates how good and versatile a storyteller he is, please read.
Secondly, ‘Dancing Over Kyoto’ by Richard Russell. This author has a way of imbuing a sense of nostalgia, of a life reviewed wiith wonder, regret and amazement in equal measure. I hope for more stories from Richard. I recommend this book to any Japan resident.
Thirdly, ‘ Loco in Yokohama’ by Baye McNeil. This is Baye’s second book. Baye is simply a great writer, his ‘Loco in Yokohama’ gives us a well described glimpse, into the everyday, or not so everyday life of high school English teacher. It is a constant amazement to me why Baye does not have his own column in newspaper somewhere.
Fourthly, ‘Japan, Funny Side Up’ by Amy Chavez. Her book has both a sense of humour and a knowing, both of which I wished I possessed.
See you in Britain, Dear Reader and Japan based literary travelling companions!