Happy new year!

In Japan, 2020 is known as the Year of the Rat. 

This is a bit sobering, because I sent Year of the Rat New Year's cards when I was living in Shuho-cho, Japan ... and now I realize that was two 12-year zodiac cycles ago! 

Still, a big part of my heart remains in Shuho-cho and, thanks to a chapter I've been writing for an anthology on rural Japan, I've been delving deep into that world again, at least in my memory, imagination ... and online.

Recently I actually "drove" around Shuho-cho -- the area featured in The Same Moon -- using Google maps' street view function. Here's an image from my old neighborhood, captured by the Googlemobile just last June. It hasn't changed a lot, at least outwardly.

And that's what I hope my friends in Shuho-cho will say about me when I return for a visit, later in 2020!

With warm wishes,

Upcoming events 

If you are in the area, please come say hi at Annie Bloom's Books in Portland this coming Thursday -- January 30 -- at 7 p.m. I will be giving a reading there with my friend Rachel Carter, whose book Enduring the Cure: My MS Journey to the Brink of Death and Back was published last year. (I'm calling our co-events the "When-Life-Gives-You-Lemons Book Tour.") I'd love to see you there!

Did you miss an issue?

Past issues of The Same Loon are archived!
I'm sometimes social ... 
Between the holidays and writing a chapter on deadline (see above), I've let my feeds go a bit quiet lately. But I did write a couple of posts at the end of 2019 about a topic readers of The Same Moon often ask about: whether Japan has evolved in terms of gender equity. Those posts and others are on my blog.  

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