I just got my contributor’s copy of a beautiful new anthology – Forty Stories of Japan – published in New Zealand. I contributed “A Ramble on Bizan,” an essay that was originally published in slightly different form in Eye-Ai magazine. Other selections include “Bears in Hokkaido” by Mary King, Anna Kunnecke’s memories of traveling with a dissolute theater troupe, Liane Wakabayashi’s observations on “The Longest Living People in the World” (i.e. Okinawans), and Tom Bauerle on Japanese ghosts. Bonus: each essay is illustrated with either ink or photographs.