Gods, monsters and everything in between, from the depths of the oceans to the shadows under the bed. The flicker at the corner of your eye and the candles guttering. Myths. Legends. Folklore. Fantasy, fables and faeries. Dragons, deities and daemons. Everything with a speculative edge.
The grass stood tall and solemn on either side of a narrow dirt path carved through the meadow. Soil glittered under the early morning sun, frost starting to melt under the cheery glow peeking over a sheer cliff edge. The procession moved with equal solemnity. Booted feet marched confidently, their burden shouldered, a coffin carved… Read more Boots on the Ground
Several years after the Pacific War ended, a bookstore emerged from the ashes of destruction in Umeda, Osaka. Every time someone came or went, the wooden stairs groaned and squeaked. On weekends, the café at the back of the second floor bustled with college students and young salarymen who attended a book club. Japan hadn’t… Read more A Stranger Among Us
Originally, the couturier’s idea had seemed so lovely: The Empress shall wear a flock of birds! She had adored the concept immediately, and it became the couturier’s job to make it so—no matter the expense. The first task was selecting the right birds, which was (the couturier admitted) a challenge. The parameters were strict: the… Read more The Empress Shall Wear a Flock of Birds
The black-lacquered bowl spins on the tile, unbroken from its fall. This dish, with its rosewood red innards, flies out of my soapy hands, hits the kitchen window and drops to the floor. Perhaps, like a blackbird, it doesn’t see the glass in its way. I first meet the black-lacquered bowl when my husband serves… Read more The Black-Lacquered Bowl