In the novel I describe various cities and places. One of them is pre-war Bandung.
Here’s an excerpt from ‘The Java Gold’, Chapter 5 “Loose Lips”
… Bandung’s city center was a madhouse. Cars blocked the sidewalks and every bar, dancing and restaurant along the Jalan Braga was jam-packed with noisy, drinking crowds. It seemed as if the whole European population was going on one last frantic binge.
Mitsuko completely ignored the crowds and the noise. She walked on briskly without saying a word and turned into a quiet side street where she knocked on the door of what looked like a small and rather shabby photographers shop. An elderly lady opened the door and bowed politely. After Mitsuko whispered something to her she and Leo were admitted. They were handed Tabi socks and sandals and, leaving their shoes behind in the shop were shown into a private room. Leo looked around in astonishment. The room totally belied the shabby appearance of the shop. Soft light shone through translucent walls that seemed to be made of some kind of paper and the floor was covered with straw mats, all exactly similar in size and color. A vase with a small but beautifully arranged flower piece was placed on a low, dark-red lacquered table in the middle of the room. After a few moments another kimono-clad lady came in bearing a pot of green tea on a beautifully lacquered tray. She knelt and, after carefully pouring tea in two small porcelain cups, bowed and withdrew.
‘It all looks very Japanese to me’ said Leo, looking at the tiny cups and the lacquered tray.
‘This is the way cultured people drink their tea in this part of the world!’ said Mitsuko, with a trace of irritation in her voice…’