First appeared in the NoirCon 2016 printed program on October 27, 2016)
Translated by Sam Betts
Two years ago, in 2014, I had the privilege of attending NoirCon, the epicenter of all things noir, and the honor of receiving a Goodis Award. It was one of the happiest events of my life. This recognition validated my existence, all the way back to the dark days of my youth.
Japan is far away, making it hard to attend every year, but I hope to go again someday, to take part in the conversations and experiences that can only happen at NoirCon.
So allow me to sign off, from my desk in far-off Tokyo, dreaming of the noirish airs of that long majestic weekend in Philadelphia.