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I work as a writer and university teacher, specialising in literature, travel and history. You can find more details under Profile.

The aim of this website is to give an idea of the kind of writing I do. Apart from editorial work and a number of articles, I’ve written eight books. There are links to short extracts from them on the Books page.

I've recently been working with my wife Ayumi on a guide to some of the less frequented temples and gardens in Kyoto. This is now available on Amazon and iBooks. For more details click Kyoto.

Over the past few months I've reissued an earlier book about western images of Japan (The Idea of Japan, Secker & Warburg, 1996) as an ebook, and I'm hoping to do the same with some of my other books. Another project waiting in the wings is a book of some sort about the campanili of Venice. They have an individual character that inspires affection, and I'd love to do a book that enables me to navigate my way around the city using them as landmarks.