STRANGE SENSEI © Julie Boyd   ‘Have you ever tasted mutton bird?’ Jodie asked. ‘No, I haven’t,’ I replied. ‘Ah you’re in for a treat. Aunty Rose has a special recipe,’ Rae chimed in as she packed food into a basket. ‘By the way, I need to come and smoke your house. There is an […]


Julie Boyd Quote-“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”                                                                   Issac Asimov.     Death comes in strange guises. Her impact is often unpredictable.   She provides a fascinating way to understand cultural differences.   Last night my Japanese daughter-in-law was describing her daily English class. Evidently they were discussing Oscar nominations […]

Concert in Japan

© Julie Boyd The boys were the first in. They tumbled in like otters at a fancy dress party. Resplendent in their leather jackets, coloured scarves and tee shirts they swaggered and preened before seating themselves in the front few rows. As we’d followed them along the lilac-strewn path, the good-humoured pushing and shoving reminded […]

On a Clear Day You Can See Russia from Japan

© Julie Boyd The flower unfolded before my eyes like a puppy or a baby uncurling from a deep sleep. It appeared to stretch in the sunlight as it opened, revealing a pink centre and tiny delicate stamens. ‘Georgia O’Keefe would have loved these,’ I thought, but kept that to myself as my companions would […]


10 Things to emulate from Japan & 10 Things to give up 10 THINGS TO EMULATE FROM JAPAN 1. THE CALM Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated. 2. THE DIGNITY Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. 3. THE ABILITY […]