This is my now page. Updated December 7th, 2021. Things I’m doing right now.


  • Living in Kasugai, central Japan, just outside Nagoya.


  • Just added a Walking/Hiking Route map to this website. You can find it here.
  • Looking after my daughter full time. She’s two now and needs attention, attention, attention. It’s hard work but the most rewarding thing I’ve done with my life so far.
  • Making contact sheets of most of my photos taken since 1995. I don’t trust digital/the cloud to keep my memories safe.
  • Walking the Nakasendō and Kiso-ji ancient trade routes in central Japan, and to a much lesser extent the Tōkaidō and Ise-ji as well.
  • Staying as fit as possible. My fitness has declined as my responsibility towards my daughter has increased. But I still run, cycle, hike, or walk most days.
  • Running our private English school with my wife.


  • During non-pandemic times I run an Australian homestay program for Japanese school children on the Gold Coast.
  • Winter trips to Hokkaido.

Study 2021

Books Read in 2021

This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free Martin Hägglund
Something Strange Across the River Kafu Nagai
Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just as You Are J Matthews
Teach Yourself to Live: The classic guide to finding happiness C G L Du Cann
Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life – Oliver Burkeman
The Backyard Adventurer Beau Miles
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Jia Tolentino
Wanderlust: A History of Walking Rebecca Solnit
The Turning Tim Winton
The Snow Leopard Peter Matthiessen
The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (The Grampian Quartet Book 3) Nan Shepherd
日本人の心がわかる日本語 (アスク出版) (Japanese Edition) 森田 六郎
The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments Ann Quin
Summer: Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 (Seasonal Quartet Book 4) Ali Smith
Two Meals a Day: The Simple, Sustainable Strategy to Lose Fat, Reverse Aging, and Break Free from Diet Frustration Forever Mark Sisson
The Tales of Ise (Penguin Classics) Peter MacMillan
History of Japan: Revised Edition Richard Mason
Zen: The Art of Simple Living Shunmyo Masuno
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (Canons Book 57) Annie Dillard
Rashomon and Other Stories Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Known and Strange Things Teju Cole
Of Walking In Ice: Munich – Paris: 23 November – 14 December, 1974 (Vintage Classics) Werner Herzog
The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue Itsue Takamure