I found an interesting little tidbit completely on accident a few months ago in a book I read and confirmed this when I bought my copy of Answer
A few months ago I was returning from a 2 week dream in Germany and I was feeling rather bummed about leaving so I went to raid the
English book selection in the Duty Free shop next to my gate (it's really hard to find a good selection of English books in Japan!). I picked up a book that caught my eye; The Gargoyle
by Andrew Davidson. It kept me well entertained on my flight back and for a few days after it. It's a really good read with a main story-line spanning across centuries, a romance at its core branching off into many different cultures and languages (I totally recommend it if you've got the time!). When I finished I decided to read the Acknowledgements, which I admit to usually passing over or skimming with half an eye. XD The first sentence caught my eye and I laughed out loud:
"My sincerest thanks to Angela Aki, dear friend and the first person ever to read this book."
I literally laughed out when I found this and at first thought it was some weird coincidence... after all, the author did teach English in Japan for a few years and frequents Japan so - maybe there's another Angela Aki out there, yanno? So I let it slide forgotten, that is until I purchased my copy of Answer
and found this in the "thank you" (which I DO often read for CDs):
"Andrew - Even across this great big pond, you are always in my thoughts."
And that pretty much confirmed what I read in the Acknowledgements in The Gargoyle
. A bit crazy when you just happen to pick up a book on a whim!
It really is a small world after all, eh?