When I went to Japan last time, I gave a talk at a university there about Creative Responses to Alice. I intended to begin my talk with the following image

tattoo leg

It was literally hours before my talk when I realised that in Japan, there is a strong link between tattoos and crime. I am sure that many Japanese people are aware that in the west tattoos are now a fashion accessory, but still, I thought the image might give the wrong message, so I pulled it and replaced it with a more innocuous one.

And how I regretted not thinking of this before, as I struggled, in a hurry, to change my PowerPoint using a Japanese computer keyboard..... something I had never used before, and hope never to have to use again!

I thought of this when walking through Spitalfields market recently, and I spotted this (below) hanging on one of the stalls, and smiled at the memory.