by Lillian Csernica on October 20, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, I am about to accomplish the Number One item on my Bucket List.
Tomorrow morning I depart for a solid week in Kyoto, Japan.
My husband is a kind and generous man. I complain about him, I tease him by referring to him as The Spousal Unit, but I have to say he gives me the best gifts. Chris says that because I was willing to spend two months living in the hospital with Michael, because I cancelled my plans to attend Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention, and because I made life easier on everybody here at home who kept up our normal routine, I deserved something special.
So he decided to make my dream come true. What’s more, I get to take my best friend Pat with me.
Kyoto is the location for the third book in my Flower Maiden Saga. I’ve already done a lot of research, but nothing could be better than being right there in one of the greatest cities on earth, a city that has stood for over a thousand years. And it’s time for the maple leaves to turn color! The temple gardens will be absolutely gorgeous!
Kyoto is also the city where in the Heian Period a lady known as Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji. That makes this trip something of an artistic pilgrimage to the place where the world’s first novel was written by a woman, a lady of the court whose name continues to be known and respected more than ten centuries later.
My steampunk stories featuring Dr. Harrington and his family center around Kiyomizudera, the Pure Water Temple. The climax of my historical espionage story “Tea & Trickery” (in AlternaTEAs, forthcoming from Sky Warrior Books) takes place aboard a steam train that departs from Kyoto. I can’t wait to walk the streets my characters walk, and to stand in the places where their stories unfold.
I probably won’t be online much. There’s a whole lot to see in Kyoto! Pat and I will be out there walking through the city, riding the trains, and sharing what may well be our greatest adventure yet!