I must apologize for the long absence on my blog, but as of Feb 14th I became a published author and had to set up up a website for it. My book, Secrets of Japan, is horror roleplaying set in modern day Japan, blending H.P Lovecraft's mythos with traditional Japanese supernatural beasts such as Tengu, Oni and Kitsune. Hence the month long blog vacation while I furiously built my book's website. Also, due to the book's success, I've been asked to write some articles for other books and publications.
If you'd like to see what I've been doing: http://www.secretsofjapan.com
It's very different from what I do here on the blog, but then I wrote this book four years ago through a small publishing company, so it took considerable time before it saw the light of day. I was in a different head space four years ago, but I do enjoy fiction writing so I'd like to publish some genre fiction as my next project after my thesis.
In the coming weeks as I get over the fact I've finally gotten a book out after waiting four years, I'll get back to the business of Japan's Lost Generation. I've seen the latest media blitz on the so-called 'internet suicide epidemic' in Japan, and I'd like to deconstruct this phenom; right off the bat, I'll say how remarkably similar the media buzz on this 'epidemic' is to the hikikomori problem back in 2000-2001.