A LIVING EXHIBITION
In 1885, a Mr. Tannaker Buhicrosan brought around a hundred Japanese people to London. Inside Humphrey’s Hall in Knightsbridge, he had a whole village built for them and, for a small fee, members of the public could visit and observe what life in Japan was like. The village was a huge commercial success, until it burned down in 1887.
THIS IS NOT QUITE THAT STORY.
instead, gentle reader, you will find:
. . . The forbidden love affair between a Japanese woman and an English lady. . .
. . . The disgruntled Shinto priest forced to exorcise the ghost of his best friend. . .
. . . The adventures of Yoshitoki, umbrella maker, compulsive liar and officially the world’s most embarrassing dad. . .