Stanhope Gardens was a cosy set-up for all of us during JAPAN’s days but author John Connolly was a bit misguided with his comments. Aside from the fact that I never dated Ms. Fujii, ‘Overlooking flats’ is also a gross exaggeration. Even with industrial strength binoculars and a few strategically placed mirrors in winter when the trees were bare wouldn’t have made it remotely plausible, but then you can’t allow the truth to get in the way of a good yarn. For the record, I was spending a lot of time at Mr. Karn’s place at that time as I also lived within binocular distance and he was only too pleased Ms. Fujii was crashing out with Sylvian (to quote Bowie). There were darker forces at play.

5 thoughts on “Stanhope Gardens was a cosy set-up for all of us during JAPAN’s days but author John Connolly was a bit misguided with his comments. Aside from the fact that I never dated Ms. Fujii, ‘Overlooking flats’ is also a gross exaggeration. Even with industrial strength binoculars and a few strategically placed mirrors in winter when the trees were bare wouldn’t have made it remotely plausible, but then you can’t allow the truth to get in the way of a good yarn. For the record, I was spending a lot of time at Mr. Karn’s place at that time as I also lived within binocular distance and he was only too pleased Ms. Fujii was crashing out with Sylvian (to quote Bowie). There were darker forces at play.

    1. It’s complicated and I respect other people’s privacy. We cope with our demons in all manner of ways, occasionally not the most reasonable and it’s important not to be too ready to judge people by their irrational behaviour because by definition it’s not the norm. Even knowing all the ins and outs of the relationships of that time I wouldn’t argue any one person’s perspective over the other because, as with any dispute, these are highly subjective, biased and easily distorted. But bearing in mind we’re talking about young adults and perhaps in some cases hot-headed ones, what ensued was a clash of personalities that were already in conflict and which could have probably been fuelled to greater levels by the most insignificant of events. In other words, it was waiting to happen. If not, there would have been a rational way of resolving things peaceably. So with this inherent will to use the circumstances to ensure a rift … a different path was created, which I would suggest was mutually beneficial to how both parties perceived their career heading and, in essence, there’s nothing wrong with that choice.

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  1. you’re such a great writer. please write a book about all these experiences. you’re uniquely qualified to set the record straight and you’re gifted in the ability to make it interesting for the reader.

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  2. I always liked the look of Stanhope Gardens–reminded me of the fabulous Victorian house I rented when I was an undergrad….admittedly our view was s seascape of pines and the Menai Strait (which my friend from Tokyo said reminded her of Kyoto for some random reason) and we didn’t get to see anyone else’s living room, even with industrial strength binoculars. But we were probably all living in the same sort of places at the same time and for me at least they were happy times πŸ˜€ There we go–utterly pointless bit of architectural
    nostalgia! πŸ˜€

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