Writing about Japan from 5,000 miles away

Mount Fuji from KawaguchikoI write murder mysteries featuring expat Londoner Josie Clark, who lives in Tokyo, where she’s inclined to stumble across a surprising number of bodies. I love sharing my experience of Japan through my books – I try to make my readers feel as though they’ve actually been there themselves. But it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, as the places I describe are on the other side of the world, so I can’t just pop out and take a look to remind myself what they’re like. Continue reading

The Aoyama Flower Market Tea Room

Aoyama Flower Market Tea HouseWhen I was in Tokyo a few weeks ago I did some research on locations for the second book in the Josie Clark in Japan Mystery Series, The Haiku Murder, which is coming out in October.  One scene is set at the Aoyama Flower Market Tea Room, a wonderful cafe in Omotesando which is, as its name suggests, part of a flower shop. It was a lovely place and I wished I could have stayed there longer. Continue reading