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., 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 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

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Video: Vocaloid: Virtual Anime Character Hatsune Miku live in concert HD (Japanese)

Source: BlackRock Shooter, You Tube

"Through the sale of compilation CD's live performances, and collaborations with businesses, the popularity of Hatsune Miku has risen to that of living artists, and perhaps even beyond. Through the Internet, that popularity has spread throughout Europe, America and Asia"

Source: Vocaloids: Leading the way to a new music scene
Niponica Magazine page 17, No: 9, 2013

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why do Japanese high school girls wear face masks?

Japanese school students Copyright Peter Hanami 2014
Picture: Japanese school students 

¨high-school-age daughter wears one for a completely different reason. “She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”¨

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons
By Casey Baseel
February 23rd 2014
Japan Today