Hans Karlsson, Japan based writer since 1989. A warped monkey mind on the loose in the East. I do have a restless streak that can lead to strange places especially when fuelled by strong drink and questionable company. A bit of a gorilla with respect to my bodily frame, a chimp when it comes to playing, and a bono bono wannabe in bed. On the whole politically incorrect. That’s why the Chinese character above (kanji, they are called) describes me so well. Can you see the monkey, head on top, two gorilla like arms to the sides, and the curved tail hanging down in the middle? The thingy at the bottom means mind - the warped mind of a Fool (which is the meaning of this kanji).
This book is a collection of fun, ridiculous, naughty, and enlightening stories from a decades long journey to The East. If you pan down a bit, you can read one of the stories for free right now. It’s a bittersweet little number about a gangster friend of mine in Japan who passed away. Life certainly has it’s ups and downs, like biking a hilly path shrouded in fog. See the kanji on top here? See the mountain to the left with three peaks, and the symbols for “up” and “down” to the right? Together they mean mountain peak. This book aims to give you a head of steam to burn off that fog and reach YOUR happy peak whether it be in Toronto, Tokyo, Tibet, or the uncharted reaches of your spirit.
My mailing list is a vital part of this strange, fun journey. That’s why I’m granting you access while I’m still writing the book. I want the result to be as entertaining, visceral, and useful as you can handle! So while I finish the book, I will send you excerpts and fun research notes (if I can read them scribbled on old bar napkins), and even invite you to ask questions and comment. Or … you can just read along and enjoy the ride.
As long as you stay on my mailing list, I take it as a good sign that my stories are hitting the mark. Hell, maybe I can even shed a little sunshine on your day – nothing would make me happier. So let’s hear a little bit about you, the person on top here, with two legs. Not much there, huh? Let’s put some meat on those bones! Help me fill in the rest about you so your experiences with my book, my site, and my mailing list are mind-blowingly good.