This blog and podcast are the diaries of a British Assistant Language Teacher in Japan. The thirst for adventure resulted primarily in mishaps, chance encounters, embarrassing situations and misguided decisions.

‘The Unfolding Fan’ is a cheesy metaphor, but I stuck to it. When deciding on a title,  something Japan-related seemed necessary, and something that was developing gradually, incrementally revealing itself, reflected the nature of the endeavour. I did not have the faintest idea what would happen to me during my time in Japan, or what image of myself I might be left with. But I hoped that, segment by segment, a sensational, delicate and colourful vision would have unfolded before me, while I remained at the centre of its spokes. Or something like that.