Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Novel)

In Aomori, on the northern tip of Tohoku and across the Tsugaru Straight from Hokkaido, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri grow up in a world that has veered toward a different path than our own. The Union, developed from Communist states, has grown—not diminished—in power, and now occupies Hokkaido, restored to its former name of Ezo,… Read More Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Novel)

When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”

I was not a particularly active youth, but I think I must have seemed like a mountain child compared to kids of this generation. I spent time outdoors most every day, and all morning and afternoon long during summertime. I walked trails cut in the desert near my home, searching for rattlesnakes and horny toads.… Read More When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”