Author Archives: Renae Lucas-Hall

MURAKAMI 2020 DIARY GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

It’s time for another giveaway competition!! I will send one lucky winner the oh-so-stylish MURAKAMI 2020 DIARY! All you need to do for a chance to win is to leave a reply in the comments section below with the title of your favourite Haruki Murakami book and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, 28 January 2020! If…

My First Article for The Japan Times and Our Holiday in the Caribbean

November and December were busy but relaxing months for my husband and me. I know this sounds like a contradiction but let me explain: we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with two weeks in the Caribbean staying at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa in beautiful, balmy Jamaica, I read all five books…

Review of ‘The Memory Police’ by Yōko Ogawa for Books on Asia

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) (Pantheon, Random House August 13, 2019) This internationally-acclaimed writer transports you to a disturbing dystopian island where everyone and everything gradually disappears, leaving its vulnerable inhabitants at the mercy of a terrifying totalitarian regime. Imagine, if you will, waking up knowing something seems strange, eerie…

18 Delicious Dishes to Order at An Izakaya and Why You Have to Dine at These Gastropubs When You’re in Japan

Most people travelling to Japan want to experience the real deal but what is one of the best ways to find out what Japanese people are really like? All you have to do is eat at an izakaya, a type of Japanese gastropub! The 18 delicious dishes you can try at an izakaya are at…