Postcards from Kyoto

I like to pretend that I’m a grand adventurer. If someone asks1, I’ll claim that my favourite poem is Ulysses by Tennyson, because of its inspiring themes of exploration, taking risks, and never settling for the way things are. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield! This is usually enough to kill the conversation, which is convenient, because even the smallest further enquiry would reveal that I do not live by these principles. Worse: it’s actually the only poem I’m even vaguely familiar with, and much worse: that’s only because it featured in the last episode of Frasier

Similarly, the name of this blog comes from a line in a song in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where our protagonist Belle expresses her weariness at living in a small village in France.2 Specifically, she runs through a picturesque, autumnal field, singing to a crescendoing, recently-key-changed score: ‘I want adventure in the great wide somewhere!’ However, even this is a sham. This blog, and indeed I, are not worth of such a title. I spent the last three and a half years living in Edinburgh, and the previous version of this blog included write-ups of trips to Mull and Glasgow. That’s just 150 miles and 50 miles respectively, which isn’t even enough for a Proclaimers song. But then, late last year, fate presented me with an opportunity: a conference in Kyoto, Japan.  

Here are twenty-two short stories about that trip. 

Postcard 01: Arrival

(Updates Mondays)


[1] By which I mean: if someone leaves a long enough gap while talking about a vaguely relevant topic.

[2] Or, as the opening monologue describes it, ‘a land far, far away…’


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