Japan

Japanese Porn – Or, You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Japan is a funny place.  So much is based on customs and formality. When and where do you take off your shoes?  What is an appropriate gift to give someone?  Is it proper to cross your legs in public? Then you trip across Japan’s adult video industry and WHAM!  Everything … Read More

The Yakuza – Or, What Do You Mean I Can’t Take A Picture?

“Please don’t take a photo!” I was scolded as I raised my camera. “Why not?  What’s the problem?” I stubbornly questioned. “I brought you here because you asked me to.  Not because I want to get into trouble.  Let’s keep walking.” Jeez.  It wasn’t like I was hauling some hulking … Read More

Beetlemania

How popular can beetles possibly be? You wouldn’t believe it. They’re a national addiction in Japan where beetles are more popular than dogs and cats.  Rhinoceros and stag beetles are considered “must have” pets for young Japanese boys are are passionate about collecting and fighting them. Bugs are more than … Read More

The Queen of Butterflies

“You’ve written a book about butterfly smuggling?” More than one friend has asked this question. Yes, my next book is about butterfly poaching. The title is Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Thief and will published by William Morrow next April. The story involves smuggling and … Read More