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Tomorrow - Tokyo

Tonight I will doing a Q and A after the 6.30pm screening at the Curzon Mayfair.

Tomorrow I leave for Tokyo . The last time I was there (for a press junket for The Tango Lesson) I remember well lying in the bath at 4am , jetlagged out of my skull, watching a show on the rubberized television at the end of the bath which must have been devised for insomniacs. The programme consisted entirely of very long shots of ‘nature’. A field, a mountain, a lake. Nothing happened, almost nothing moved. Muzac tinkled soothingly. I remained relentlessly awake.

By the end of the first twelve-hour day, however, I had talked myself into a hallucinatory maelstrom of self-doubt. Who? What? Why?

I loved the encounters with Japanese journalists, though, they were so intense and precise; with good manners taken to the level of an art-form. I felt clumsy in my attempts to be equally respectful, warm without being intrusive, and so on.

I will let you know how it goes this time.

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