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  • Noren making 1: Sketching out

    My workspace in Miura-san’s beautiful studio As promised in yesterday’s ‘Behind the curtain’, this is the first in a series…

  • Behind the curtain

    People say it is hard to get under the skin of Japan as a foreigner, and this is even more…

  • Choosing how you use your fear

    Over dinner a friend told us of an extraordinary place, deep in the mountains of Tottori Prefecture. When a long-time Kyoto…

  • The floating village

    I love boats. I love water. And I love the countryside. So when I heard about Ine ‘the Floating Village’…

  • Finding safety

    Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a long dark wooden hall, standing in front of an army of more than…

  • Thank you Japan

    It has been amazing. There are so many people and places to thank for making it such a special experience.…

  • Sand dunes in Japan?

      What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Japan’?

  • The long cycle

    Cycling is a brilliant way to travel – you see so much more than when you are in a car.…