Today we went on a family day trip to Fukagawa, a region of eastern Tokyo in the old working-class areas, the so-called Shitamachi. (Literally, “down town”, but that’s an appallingly bad translation.) The weather was relatively kind to us, and I took quite a few photographs. I even got Yuriko to take some so that we have a few of Mayuki.

We had a really good time, with quite a range of places to visit. However, since I have photographs, this ought to become a diary entry. I’ll add it to the list of things I really have to write up soon.

In My Sleep

Yesterday, Yuriko told me I’d been talking in my sleep. Apparently, I told her that there was a blue light inside the light in our bedroom. When she said that, I remembered saying it, and seeing the light. It was like a bit of blue lightning, moving around inside the lampshade.

Of course, the really significant thing is that Yuriko told me that I told her that in Japanese. And, although communication was apparently a little difficult, I successfully told her what I wanted to say.

Thus, I can now, in all honesty, claim to be able to speak Japanese in my sleep.

New Year Holidays

We went to Nagoya on the second, to spend a couple of nights with Yuriko’s parents and brother. Most importantly, of course, Mayuki got time with grandparents, and all those involved seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Mayuki particularly enjoyed the slides in the park on the last day. I have some photographs, so I really need to write a diary entry. However, there are a lot of other things I really need to do as well, so this is a very short entry to keep people informed until I have time to do a proper one. Maybe this week.


Today I am starting online publication of another fantasy novel, Tamao. I am doing this a bit differently from Ice Yearning. Tamao is free to read, and updated in daily installments, with a new piece going online every day at midnight Japan time. Most days, the new material comes to between five and six hundred words, but on Sundays you get over a thousand, to complete an episode.

In order to start on New Year’s Day, and still have seven installments in the first episode that finish on a Sunday, there will be two updates every day for the next three days. From next week, the normal updates will start. I have a buffer of written material (although the novel isn’t finished yet, just planned out), and the updates are automated, so I can’t just forget. If the web server is working, the updates should appear on schedule.

Although the novel is free to read, I do want to make money off it, so there is some advertising on the pages, and a button to tip the author (that’s me). If people actually prove to be interested in reading it, I will think about other, paid, things I can offer. Yes, this is another experiment in online publishing. Given the meltdown of paper publishing at the moment, I think this is a good time to be trying alternatives. If paper publishing recovers, I might give it a try in the future.

In the meantime, please enjoy Tamao.