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I have 38 stories published in 6 collections on the site.
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Charles R. Pringle

I was born in the northeast of England, but I have lived most of my life outside the UK. I basically grew up in Germany, and have lived in East Asia for the past 31 years—29 years in Japan and two years in China—where I have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor for a number of major Japanese companies. I’ve written hundreds of articles on Japan as well as two travel guides (one for Thomas Cook and one for Compass Maps) and a Japanese phrase guide (for Thomas Cook). I am also credited as the author of a book called Neo Shunga (Shunga is the term for Japanese erotic art of the Edo Period), but, in fact, I only wrote the introduction and the captions. The book consists mainly of woodblock prints. I recently published my first novel in English, Blinded by the Night (I have published one in Japanese), as an ebook. It is the first in a series featuring Akira Toyoda. I expect to finish the second novel in this series, provisionally titled Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by the end of the year.

My stories

Poison and the Police

True tale of three cases of poisoning that made fools of the Japanese police.

Shunga—From titillation to high art

A brief introduction to the Japanese erotic woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868)

Sumo Wrestling - The Naked Truth

A light-hearted and not strictly politically correct look at the national sport of Japan.


Everybody in Japan has heard of Roppongi, the legendary entertainment quarter sandwiched, like a juicy filling, between Akasaka in the north and Azabu in the south.

Responding to indiscriminate violence and destruction

An account of a trip to northeast Japan to deliver supplies to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March 2011.