Author Archives: Dan Asenlund

About Dan Asenlund

I'm a 36-year old writer, filmmaker and memory hunter from Sweden. Life and work has led me in a circle through the United States, Japan, South Korea, Sweden again and Japan again. I'm currently dividing my time between Stockholm and Tokyo. Personal quote: Her kiss was just a sheer reminder of a past that didn't happen and a future never written.

Excerpts from my Japan Journal, 2007-08

September 23, 2007 On the train from Hakata to Beppu, just past Kurosaki. Heading east for the first time in a long while. Chewing on sembei crackers brought from Sachiko in her family store in Ogi, Arita, with Chris before … Continue reading

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Donald Richie, Yasunari Kawabata and a lifelong dream come true

I can’t remember exactly when I first stumbled upon the name Donald Richie, but it was probably at one of my Japanese literature classes at the University of Oregon about ten years ago. Later, studying Japanese film, his name showed … Continue reading

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Fallen Blossoms

A short story The wind had already ripped the first cherry blossoms of the year off their fragile branches as a man silently walked up the hill toward Hanaokayama Park. It was his second time in Kumamoto, but not much … Continue reading

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To be born in the wrong time – and the right at the same time

(originally published in Swedish on a game site community) I’ve always cursed myself for being born in the wrong time, far away from all the action. While my grandparents saw Sweden blossom in the years following the Second World War, … Continue reading

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