Hans Brinckmann
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Welcome to the November/December 2021 issue of our Habri website.

The cyclamen shown above is living in Brinckmann's Fukuoka home, inside a decorative pot that was made by an old friend, a potter in Bretagne in France, in the 1990s. The plant is a suitable symbol for the Old-and-New, as I expect it will continue to please us well into 2022. Toshi-koshi cyclamen!

As the end of the year is approaching, here in Japan we are fortunate to witness a gradual return to normality in public life, thanks to the very low number of new cases of Covid-19 infections. The new Omicron variant is of course a source of concern, with four cases having been detected in Japan so far. But as there is no public protest against mask-wearing - unlike Europe and the U.S. - we hope that Omicron will not have its way...

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!