Friday, July 19, 2019

“Tokyo is Yours”: and other impressions, through Setagaya and Kabukicko


Every day, we wake up in our hovel in Shibuya, checking in on the jet lag and the news of the world.

“Don’t tell me about Trump,” Caroline says.  “Part  of why I agree to travel is to  spend less time in Trump’s US.”

And then she reports,
“You know, Trump is going to start a war with Iran,”
before I’ve even had a cup of coffee.

We travel  to get away from the chaos and to learn  about our world,
to make it smaller, to learn how other places cope with the challenges,
how the Zen Buddhists deal with the tragedies of history.

How Japanese punk bands cope with melody.

Or artists and illustrators integrate the history of Japanese art into their style.

You could spend your lifetime exploring this place.

But the chaos of home is never that far away. 

We see it in the xenophobia of our president  and the
“Send them back,” chants  he instigates, bringing over racist  rhetoric through the bully pulpit.
Things are crazy all over.

Sitting over  a coffee at Nora’s Coffee Table in Setagaya two days ago, yesterday Caroline is  feeling  less jet lagged.

“Its fun traveling with you guys.  When I was young I never went anywhere.  But we’ve been everywhere together.”

Earlier in  the day, she booked tickets for us to journey out to Hong Kong,  Vietnam, and Cambodia before returning to Tokyo.

There is so much to learn about our relationship to the world,  
Europeans and Americans arriving here, bringing trade, conflicts, wars, and geopolitics,
one horror and exchange after another. 

But that’s not for another week, so we explore one neighborhood at a time,
venturing out to Shibuya, navigating entrances, exits, trainlines to the East, West, South and North.

Navigating language and customs, order and chaos.
Bodies lunging from one direction to the next,
School girls in uniform.
Businessmen.
Impeccable style.
Elders trying to get a seat.

Its not easy making our way around the world,  to see, to learn from, to learn about ourselves,
And our connections to it all,
Our pollution, heating the planet.
Hopefully we can learn enough about each other.
To save it.
If its savable?
Or witness the carnage.

In Setagaya, we explore the shops and curvy streets.
The Village Vanguard is full of manga comics and punk records,
Kitsch and Tokyo pop, we love Japan. 
Lunch is even better.
Simple ramen, but so so good.
Not a bad meal since we’ve gotten here.
Yakatori, the noodles, everything.
We have  no  idea how to order.
A man sitting by us helps.
We drink a beer taking it all in before  going  home for a siesta. 
The temples will have to wait.

Later  in the evening, the teenager makes a cameo.
We enjoy some rice balls and a little catch up from her world
Of modeling every day.
Lots of jobs and castings.
Crazy busy.

Its rainy out.
The lights of Kaukicho go on forever.
Everything  is there.
School girls and massages for older men.
Trump’s buddy Jeffrey Epstein would love it
Bunny bars.
Something for everyone.

We’all crazy here.
Trying to come to grips with it all.

On  July 17th
Motoko Rich wrote:
Suspected Arson at  Kyoto Animation Studio  Kills Three,  Shocking Nation.












































































































































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  14. Hello Am From The UK , I want to write a little testimony about the good work of doctor Oyagu who cured me from Hsv 1 and 2 for just 2 weeks with his herbal medicine, I never believe I can be normal again and have a good life like others I always regretted the day I got diagnose with the virus, I was lost of hope when my doctor told me there is no cure for it but I keep thinking and thinking about my future, if I can have kids of my own well I am so grateful for my helper who get me cured with his herbal medicine, I go online in search of anything that can help me because I can’t deal with it forever so I found this doc Oyagu email on a blog of someone who was cured by him I quickly contact him for help and explain all my pain to him, he told me not to worry about it there is cure for real, I never believe until he send me the herbal medicine when I order for it and I have it within 4 days that is how I took the medicine for 2 week and the following week I go for test just to confirm I was 100% cured from this sickness what a miracle in my life I am so happy right now, you can also get in contact with him if you have such sickness through email address oyaguherbalhome@gmail.com or text him on what's app, phone number +2348101755322 or vist his website https://oyaguspellcaster.wixsite.com/oyaguherbalhome Dr Oyagu also has remedy to others disease like COLD SORES,HIV/AIDS,DIABETES.CANCER,HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND MANY MORE. I oblige everyone to contact this powerful herbalist Dr Oyagu and be free from suffering.

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  15. I contracted hpv' i was told there is no hpv cure except treatment to control it, i totally lost of hope all i could think loosing my life because it was so embarrass for been hpv patient. some weeks ago i read possible natural cure which was guarantee And I ordered the treatment after one week i got 100% cure. I'm so excited to shear this testimony to every article for others living with hpv there is possible natural treatment to eliminate the virus email Dr Onokun, his herbal clinic address; Dronokunherbalcure@gmail.com or website at www.dronokunherbalcure.wordpress.com or Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/naturaltreatmentcenter1/  

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  16. DR Abubaka herbal medicine is the best remedy for Herpes and HIV/AIDS, I was a carrier of Herpes and I saw a testimony on how Dr. Abubaka cure Herpes, I decided to have a contact with him and asked him for solutions and he started the remedy for my health and prepare the herbal cure for me which i use to cure myself. Thank God, now everything is fine, I'm cured by Dr. Abubaka herbal medicine, I'm very thankful to Dr. Abubaka and i will not stop publishing his name on the internet because of the good work he did for me, You can reach him on his email: DrAbubaka@gmail.com or WhatsApp: +2348075551672

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  17. Hello everyone, sharing this testimony is my greatest happiness also to let every patient know there is cure to get rid of  human papillomavirus. I was once a HPV patient  for a very long time. I have been taking medications because my doc in Canada told me there is no cure except pills to control it which i have been taking. Until I found a faithful and truthful herbalist who finally cured me with herbal  remedy. Everything about the virus was gone, my genital warts I have been trying to remove, they all cleared off. Here is the herbalist information to reach him via : Dronokunherbalcure@gmail.com or his website  https://Dronokunherbalcure.wordpress.com or facebook page @naturaltreatmentcenter1 Dr Onokun is great and very kind to every patient.

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  18. A big Thanks to you doctor Abubaka Just confirm am completely cure free from hsv with the help of his wonderful herbs medicine, may God continue to bless you and your wonderful herbs medicine thanks so much Dr Abubaka anyone looking for any herbs medicine should kindly contact Dr Abubaka  to place your order for his lovely herbs medicine Via email: drabubaka@gmail.com or WhatsApp: +2349051703820

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  19. Hi, this is real testimony of a spell doctor who helped me bring back my fiance, who left i and the kids for 9 month. I had lost all hope about my fiance coming back home again. if you’re going through a tough time in your marriage or relationship, or want back your Ex. contact him on:aluya.48hoursspelltemple@gmail.com   or whatsapp  +2348110493039   you can contact him on his web     https://draluya48hoursspelltemple.webs.com/ 

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