This is much more fun than the Chelsea Flower Show. At Chelsea the crowds were huge and we never tired of hearing lovely comments from the general public, but the public’s questions did tend to be rather repetitive- “what’s this plant called?” and “what colour paint have you used?”, which can get wearing after several hours. Here in Japan there are very few questions but the praise is no less lavish and the fun comes from the fact that everyone wants to have their photo taken with you. They form an orderly queue, hand their camera to the translator and then, in the case of the girls, who are the great majority, give a little giggle as they shuffle forward and give you a big hug for the camera. This happens a thousand times a day and at the same time a dozen cameras are clicking away in the background. I’m not sure how often any of these pictures will be looked at ever again, but it’s been great fun having them taken.