David Chart’s Blog

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  • Tamao

    My novel, Tamao, has been released. It is an urban fantasy novel, set in Kawasaki, Japan, drawing heavily on Shinto practice and mythology. It is available for purchase on Amazon, Gumroad, and DriveThruFiction

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My Writing


I have written some fiction.


I have published a few peer-reviewed academic works, on philosophy and Japanese history.

Roleplaying Games

I have written for roleplaying games.


Mimusubi is my project for non-fiction writing about Shinto. It has its own website.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Site Redesign

    I am redesigning the site to make use of the latest WordPress technology, and to better serve the role I want it to play at the moment. This will probably break things a bit, even though I have done the ground work on an offline copy. I hope to have everything up and running properly…

  • Accepted as Japanese

    Can immigrants to Japan ever be accepted as Japanese? If you read the English-language internet on the topic, you will find a lot of people saying that it is impossible. That’s not what I’ve found. A few weeks ago, I was at a rare in-office meeting at one of the groups I work with. The…

  • Sensitivity Reading

    Since I have been asked to do sensitivity/cultural reads a couple of times now, it seems sensible to set out what I think that involves, what I can (and can’t) do, and what I think it should cost. What It Involves I will not do your research for you. I expect to read a manuscript…

  • Twenty Five Years Online

    A while back, I was looking through some archived files on my computer, and found a very old page for my website listing updates. It started with an update entry for 25th September 1995, for the Latin translations of the names of the Animal spells in Ars Magica Third Edition. The pages were on Geocities…

  • Citadel of the Red Sun

    Citadel of the Red Sun is a one-act adventure for Torg Eternity, set in the Living Land. A wonder, a fragment of another reality, appears within the Living Land, and the player characters go to investigate it. As this is an adventure, I cannot say a lot about it without getting into spoilers for the…

  • 2019 Survey of Foreigners in Kawasaki

    About ten years ago, I applied to join the Kawasaki City Representative Assembly for Foreign Residents. My goal was to get the city to carry out a survey of its foreign residents, to find about the problems they were experiencing, in particular the experience of racism. At that point, there was no good data on…

  • Feats of Prowess

    Feats of Prowess is a supplement for Torg Eternity, available on the Infiniverse Exchange. This short supplement contains a couple of dozen perks for characters in the game. Perks in Torg Eternity are like feats, or advantages, or merits, in other RPGs. They are special abilities that allow a character to do things that other…

  • New Book: An Introduction to Shinto

    I have just published An Introduction to Shinto, a book based on the first two years or so of essays for my Mimusubi Patreon. It is available as a Kindle e-book from Amazon, from any of the various national Amazons. (The link is to the US site, because I think most potential readers are in…

  • Special Offer: Home Front Philadelphia

    While so many of us are stuck at home, I am having a one-month special sale on my Infiniverse Exchange product for Torg Eternity, Home Front Philadelphia. For one month, until May 7th, it is available for $2.50 rather than the normal $4.99, but only through the special sale link. (All the links to on…