Truth takes time

Canberra author Mark Henshaw had a stellar literary debut with Out of the Line of Fire, which was one of the highest selling works of literary fiction in Australia in the 1980s. Twenty five years on, Mark is back with his first solo effort since then; a novel that is as mesmerising as it is […]

The Japan series: a room of one’s own

For the final in this series, I present a conversation with Yashi, the owner and manager of the lovely IchiEnSou Guesthouse where I stayed in Kyoto. It’s also where Ryan and Tyler from the first in this series stayed too, while I was there. Yashi did his tertiary degree at the University of Tasmania; hence […]

The Japan series: the gold of small things

Haiku is treated with reverence in Japan and its practitioners number around 8 million within the country alone. Outside of the country, haiku has its fans, but like many non-Japanese who encounter it, I lacked an awareness of the complexity and history behind this three-lined poetry. In visiting Japan, I sought to redress this. I […]

The Japan series: against all odds

In 2011, what feels like a century ago now, I spent two weeks in Japan. The first week was dedicated to taking in Tokyo while the last seven days were split between Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Along the way, I befriended two American boys, Tyler and Ryan, who were fresh out of Caltech. I met […]