Thursday, July 25, 2019

“…interminable voices of the bell-cricket..” “tears in the rain” and other moments walking from Harajuku to the Yoyogi Gyoen






Horsing around Harajuku.


Scenes from  our last full day for a while  in Tokyo.
While the teenager was modeling, the little one and I enjoyed some of the flavors. 
And I met  new friends this week.  
Bottom photos by Caroline Shepard. 

Caroline Shepard. 
RIP Rutger. 
Tears in the rain.  
The teenager  at work.

Our last full day in  Tokyo, we meet the teenager at Harajuku.
Where drag queens are cavorting.
Kids are shopping.
Eat, gossip, talk about her work days here. 
The  city is full.
Frenetic energy.
But just up the street is a Shinto shrine.
In honor of  the Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken,
Whose reign lasted  from the mid 19th Century until WWI.
There  is  no real public assembly there and signs say so.
Instead  what you do find is a tranquil space,
A quiet space.
A garden, the Meiji Shrine Inner Garden or Yoyogi Gyoen is adjacent to the  shrine.
The majesty of this city is that  all this exists together.
Quircky capitalist excess and something quieter,
Something out of this time.
The shrine, related  gardens, and Harajuku, across from each other.
Exploring the park, imagining painting it, feeling the cool breeze, we stop to sit.
To pause.
To be. 
To  look  at the light,
The  reflection of the  trees  in  the pond. 
How to paint that?
Showing me something in this crazy world.
This city showing me something.
So many wonderful people.
A moment  of  quiet in the park under  a tree.
“…the interminable voices of the bell-cricket, all night till dawn my tears flow.”
― Murasaki Shikibu hears in  The Tale of Genji.
“The book  could be written today,” notes Caroline on  the way to dinner.
“Same  problems. Same dynamic.”
An 11th century novel, maybe the first, Shikibu writes about what happens when people  spend decades together:
“The bond between husband and wife is a strong one. Suppose the man had hunted her out and brought her back. The memory of her acts would still be there, and inevitably, sooner or later, it would be cause for rancor. When there are crises, incidents, a woman should try to overlook them, for better or for worse, and make the bond into something durable. The wounds will remain, with the woman and with the man, when there are crises such as I have described. It is very foolish for a woman to let a little dalliance upset her so much that she shows her resentment openly. He has his adventures--but if he has fond memories of their early days together, his and hers, she may be sure that she matters. A commotion means the end of everything. She should be quiet and generous, and when something comes up that quite properly arouses her resentment she should make it known by delicate hints. The man will feel guilty and with tactful guidance he will mend his ways. Too much lenience can make a woman seem charmingly docile and trusting, but it can also make her seem somewhat wanting in substance. We have had instances enough of boats abandoned to the winds and waves.”
― Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji.

Boats abandoned to the waves.
What  happen then?
When we  are enveloped in those
Feelings we all  encounter.
Holding so hard we can’t live or see beyond ourselves.
Beyond our desires.
Holding so much  that  we  become machines.
Tears in the rain. 
Simple moments.
Simple dialogs.

We wander back through Shibuya,
Looking at the people cross talking about the old movie.
I’m not sure it was supposed to be Tokyo.
But these lights remind me.

Walking through our temporary neighborhood,
Past the places we’ve  visited, over the bridge, past precious coffee moments, a woman on a bike, to grab some  udon noodles at  Caroline’s  favorite spot.
Simple and lovely.
“Oishi” we  tell the staff on our way out. 
Another night to confuse
Arigatō” the Japanese thank you,
and
“Obrigado”
thank you in Portuguese.
Thank you for putting up with us.
Thanks for reminding me  to laugh and pause.
Thank you for hosting  us.

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.”
― 
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

See you in a few weeks Tokyo.



























































































































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