With this striking and highly engaging collection of stories, author Hans Brinckmann takes us into the heart of his adopted country, Japan. Highlighting the intriguing surroundings and cultural details, each story draws the reader into an extraordinary experience. The offerings include A Leap into the Light, the compelling tale of a Dutch businessman's secretive life with the young daughter of his late Japanese mistress; Kyoto Bus Stop, about the chance encounter between a visitor from Europe and a mysterious young French woman in Kyoto; Pets in Marriage, which chronicles a Japanese married couple and their respective preference for cats and dogs, which comes to a head at the foot of Mt. Fuji; Twice upon a Plum Tree, an exploration of a Dutch diplomat's ambivalence about a Japanese woman he once loved; and the title story, The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills, about a Chicago-based lawyer who moves his family to Japan to find the truth of his origins once and for all.
Hans Brinckmann was born in The Hague, came to Japan as a young man to work in a bank, and stayed twenty-four years. He subsequently lived in London, Curacao, Amsterdam, New York, and Sydney before returning to live in Tokyo once again in 2003. He quit banking early to turn to writing. For details of his publications see www.habri.jp