Caesar, Calphurnia, and the Coronavirus

June 28, 2020 David Hurley 0

What on earth does Julius Caesar have to do with the coronavirus? Well, in Act Two, Scene Two of Shakespeare’s play, Caesar’s wife, Calphurnia, feels it is too risky for Caesar to go out to the Forum that day and urges him to stay at home. Staying at home is [Read more…]

Mahjong in Japan: A Personal Experience

February 26, 2020 David Hurley 2

This article about my experience of mahjong in Japan was first published on a now defunct blog back in 2001. From quite early on in my life I had wanted to learn to play mahjong. The teeming variety and exotic charm of the tiles fascinated me. When I accepted a [Read more…]

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Hatsukaichi

April 9, 2019 David Hurley 0

We had the perfect weather for the cherry blossom season this weekend and so I went out on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon to see the blossom. Saturday Evening Hanami and Dinner Party Hatsukaichi is a suburb of Hiroshima. Actually, nowadays it’s a city in its own right. Anyway, it’s [Read more…]