John McMahon is a writer and habitual traveler who has made Kanchanaburi, Thailand his home base for fifteen years. Author of five novels, his fiction, essays, and reportage have been published all over the English speaking world.
Remnants of a feudal age, the samurai castles of old are the tourist attractions of today. From Kyoto to Okinawa, the shogun centuries are alive and well in the preserved architecture of the Land of the Rising Sun.
John McMahon takes his kayak on a 160-kilometer journey up the famed River Kwai for the 75 anniversary of the completion of Death Railway, armed with a paddle and a copy of One Fourteenth of an Elephant by Ian Deny Peek.