Hans Brinckmann
Hans' YouTube Book Japanese Society and Culture in Perspective

Photo © Asahi Weekly

Habri Opinion Habri Diary Attention!

Welcome to our first Habri issue of the Reiwa Era, which began on May 1 with the ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito, who abdicated the previous day, April 30. Our Habri Diary includes a few photos of the occasion, taken from Japanese television.

The above photograph from the Asahi Weekly - included here with a touch of nostalgia - shows Hans Brinckmann and his wife Toyoko on May 8, 1974, greeting then-Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko at a benefit concert at the Ueno Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra for the World Wildlife Fund, an event that Hans had helped organise. The Crown Prince became Emperor Akihito in 1989, upon the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.

On quite another level, we also wish to draw your attention to the just-published issue No. KJ-94 of Kyoto Journal, the attractive magazine of the Writers in Kyoto group. It contains Hans's short story Kyoto Bus Stop - one of the five stories in his book The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills (Strategic Publishers, 2011). As reported in the February 3 Habri Diary post, it was at the invitation of Writers in Kyoto that Hans gave a warmly-received lecture in February entitled "Kyoto in the 1950s" based on his own experiences. See here for further information and how to order the magazine: https://kyotojournal.org/product/kyoto-journal-issue-94-inspired-by-kyoto/