Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review: From the Fatherland with Love by Ryu Murakami

Book Review

Author: Ryu Murakami

Translated by: Ralph McCarthy, Charles De Wolf and Ginny Tapley Takemori

Publisher: Pushkin Press, London, UK .2013

ISBN: 978-1-908968-49-4

Pages: 668

Action, intrigue and powerful characters in a futuristic story

© Copyright. Peter Hanami, 2015.  All rights reserved.

Ryu Murakami’s novel is one that I would love to see be made into a big screen movie, if It was I would imagine it would be like a Japanese version of a Die Hard movie with the characters of the Expendables fighting a rogue team to save their own country.

With an enormous cast of seventy five characters Murakami takes us on a fictional adventure set in Fukuoka, a large city on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan.

Researched to get the background, characters and set the scene he has created a detailed, action novel that will engage, inform and entertain the reader.

A rag - tag team of specialists live in an abandoned are of Fukuoka without the knowledge of the authorities as they have no certificate of residence. Left to their own devices over a number of years they have honed their skills and have been quietly and waiting for an opportunity to be of use to society. A change of circumstance occurs in their very city and they rise to the challenge

A slick, fast moving futuristic story with likeable characters, a story line interweaved with places, people and history. It has all the hallmarks you expect from a Ryu Murakami novel. Can’t wait for the movie version!

Book Review 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Japanese Kansai airport had 19 million passengers in 2013

Gion Matsuri Kyoto Copyright Peter Hanami 1999
Picture: Gion Matsuri Kyoto
"Kansai International Airport....had 19.35 million domestic and international passengers last year, up 9 per cent on 2013. has reported significant increases in foreign travellers, (but) the number of Japanese passengers ....fell for the second consecutive year in 2014."

Source: Australian investors line up as bidders for large Japanese airport
By Matt O'Sullivan
March 17th 2015
The Age Newspaper

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Video: What is it like when you ride home a new motorcycle in Japan?

Picture: Motorcycle Touring Japan

Here is a great video by Anthony Roman that shows what it 's like to take delivery of a new motorcycle in Japan and ride it home in the traffic. Hat tip to Anthony for being so prepared to film this memorable event and such excellent video quality, thanks very much! A great feeling. Having a motorcycle in Japan gives you great freedom. 

It brings back the memories of when I bought my bike in Tokyo and rode it home in traffic, ecstatic and also a little unnerving with the volume of traffic and the amount of mental awareness you need to ride in Japan. As there is so much activity going on all around you, pedestrians, other bikes, scooters, trucks, passenger cars, courier bikes, road signals, speed limits, what is ahead, what is behind, changes, road conditions, how cars just stop sometimes with indicators sometimes with no warning. Best wishes on your new bike and safe riding

Source: Anthony Roman You Tube Channel

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Japan the world's largest app market in terms of cash value

Japanese customers Tokyo Copyright Peter Hanami 2010
Picture: Japanese customers 

"Japan's is the world's largest app-market for iOS and Google-Play combined, bigger than the US market and the Chinese market in terms of cash value. (source: App-Annie). "

Which are the top-grossing apps in Japan?

Source: Eurotechnology News. February 2015