Books have played an important role in Japanese culture for centuries, which is one of the major reasons I decided to set the newest Hiro Hattori mystery, FIRES OF EDO, in the world of books, and the people who make and sell them.Read more
Month: February 2022
Happy Release Day, FIRES OF EDO!
Today is Release Day for my newest Hiro Hattori novel, Fires of Edo! You can find it anywhere books are sold!Read more
Saitama’s Famous Icicles, By Night
Last weekend, I hopped an Express LaView for a two hour ride to Saitama Prefecture (which borders Tokyo to the north) to visit one of the Three Great Icicles of Chichibu.Read more
A Sweet Ride on the Fuji View Express
Last Sunday, I checked another long-time “to-do” item off my list with a ride on the “Sweets Car” of the Fuji View Express. The train runs on the Fujikyu (FujiQ) Railway, and connects Ōtsuki station with Mt. Fuji Station and other points in the Fuji Five Lakes region of Yamanashi Prefecture. The “Sweets Plan” ticket (which includes both the base fare and the express ticket fare, as well as the special sweets and drinks) covers passage from Ōtsuki to one of Mt. Fuji, Fujikyu Highland, or Kawaguchiko Stations; given my other plans for the day, I opted to end myRead more
Japan Snacks: Toppogi Chips!
I love toppogi. I cook them at home, and order them as a main dish or a side just about every time I go to Korean restaurants. So when I saw these “spicy toppogi” chips in the market, it was a no-brainer to bring them home.Read more