This unusual mix of humorous, serious, provocative and poignant pieces on aspects of life in Japan has slowly evolved over the past decade. Some of the items are fairly recent, some beginning to show their age, others simply timeless…among them polished pearls that might have been lost forever!
My thanks go out to all the knowledgeable and talented writers who have supported this project and kindly contributed their articles on a wide range of issues. I'm sure you'll agree that the outcome of their combined efforts and considerable experience makes for an extraordinarily good read.
David V. Appleyard