This month my piece for Kyoto Visitor’s Guide is rather unusual in that it isn’t based on anything I’ve already posted on this blog. In the article I briefly review the charity e-books Kizuna and Write for Tohoku, both of which I downloaded to my i-phone during the summer. Write for Tohoku is a collection of personal accounts of life in Japan celebrating all that is special about life here. The writing is top quality but the proof reading less so. Pity. It’s still worth getting though, because my mate Ted is in it, and he’s always good. Kizuna is a massive hodge-podge collection of short stories that tends towards the speculative in genre but not exclusively so. It’s especially worth your investment as the editor decided quite rightly not to donate the funds to the Red Cross (as they aren’t very good at getting funds where they are needed quickly or efficiently), and instead is donating them to Smile Kids Japan, an NPO helping orphanages in the Tsunami affected regions.
You can read the full article here.