A collection of anecdotes which mark ten years of annual excursions to Japan; just a few simple stories, moments in time, which the mystery of memory has decided in it's undisclosed fashion to "preserve" and embellish as opposed to forgetting. I had already completed the text intended for this book when came the terrible news of the huge earthquake and ensuing tsunami of March 11th 2011... With the point of reference shifted as far as the tectonic plates were off the coast of North eastern Japan, everything about this book seemed in tatters, from the cover and the already chosen title to the cute children who wave the book good-bye in the final spread. What to do? After contemplation, I realised that this semiotic shift would be the case for everyone. Projects far greater than my humble effort would be sent askew. All the anecdotes will simply read differently; the text and photos unavoidably providing a before for the disastrous after to come.