#Personal

KLM airplane at the stand in Kansai airport

A flight to Japan: my experience emigrating in the middle of a pandemic

June 21, 2021

In October 2020 we finally realised our long-term plans and moved to Japan. This is peak pandemic, Japan was closed off to most of the world, and there was no vaccine to speak of.

At the time I tweeted my experience, which a couple of people found helpful. Things have moved on a little, although my understanding is much of what we experienced is still in place today. I hope these notes are helpful.

Graves in a church graveyard with the closest being freshly tended

What to do when your boss dies

June 18, 2021

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance found out their boss died. Aside from the shock of the loss, they'd been left in limbo. Who was paying their wages, and what were they supposed to do about the suppliers calling up to renew contracts?

I've been in this situation, albeit with a client who passed mid-project. The amount of money owed was small, but the pain of getting it huge once family politics took over. Fortunately, I'd dealt with life insurance claims early in my career, so I had a vague understanding of what was going on. It was helped by talking to a lawyer.

The Japanese city of Kobe seen from a high aspect

Kobe: the city I now call home

April 30, 2021

I took this photo from a temple about 1.5km from where I live as the crow flies. This is Kobe, the place I now call home, a city crammed into a strip of land barely 8km wide between sea and mountains.

What you see down there is a few tens of metres above sea level. Where I was stood was more than 300 metres.

Image made of 4 different portrait photographs from this web page

Photography revisited

April 27, 2021

Photography has been a passion of mine for more than thirty years. It started with a simple "point and click" and film that had to be sent away to be processed. In late 1999 I got my first digital camera that took stunning 640 x 480 pixel images. More cameras followed and I started working with models, bands and designers.

Then came the decision to immigrate to Japan and everything went on hold for a while. Cancer and coronavirus delayed plans by more than two years until, finally, my wife and I arrived in Osaka in late 2020.