Friday Five

1. Has your house been renovated?
Oh yes, in a big way.

2. Have you ever painted a room?
Many times. Every time we moved house, while helping others move into a new space, etc. It’s an ok activity, if you have the proper tools and paint — cheap brushes and cheap paint gives the worst results.

3. Have you ever put in a new floor in a house?
Yes. We did the top floor ourselves: laminated flooring. It worked out quite well. But when we needed a new floor for the ground floor last year, we took one look at the odd corners there, and let a professional (our neighbour) handle it.

4. Have you ever worked with wallpaper?
I’ve done a few lines of wallpaper, but nothing major. Klik and her mother did the photo wallpaper in our bedroom, and I hear that was not a particularly pleasant experience.

5. Have you ever choose new colors for your flat or house?
We tend to go for neutral, cream-colour for the walls, and let the colour come from our furniture (which is how we ended up with a purple couch).

1. Is there a particular historical period or event, anywhere in the world, that fascinates you?
The birth of the computer during WW2 is fascinating, and it gets more fascinating the more I learn about it.

2. Would you like to visit that time, or live in it permanently, or does the whole idea make you want to run screaming?
I’d rather not live in a time when a few fascist states dragged the whole world into war while setting out on a campaign of genocide. So, no.

3. What’s the best piece of historical writing, nonfiction or fiction, you’ve ever read?
Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee novels are excellent. They’re good representations of life in Tang dynasty China (the books are kept in print by the university of Chicago, where the books are compulsory reading for their China studies program). But apart from that, they’re cool mysteries too!

4. What’s the worst?
Dunno. I don’t finish bad books.

5. Is there a historical site you would love to visit?
Ise Grand Shrine is still on my list. Maybe next time we visit Japan.

Spoiler Inside: Narita and back home

And that was the last of these entries!

Spoiler Inside: Fun in Tokyo
Spoiler Inside: Kawagoe and Asakusa
Spoiler Inside: Takasaki and Kawagoe
Spoiler Inside: Matsumoto
Spoiler Inside: More Fujikawaguchiko and some Kofu
Spoiler Inside: Why not have some more crappy selfies?