Showing posts from March, 2012

Oasis Tokyo

Some of my friends complain endlessly about how stressful it can be to live and work in a city like Tokyo. It's noisy, fast and way too garish, they say; everywhere you go is just so crowded, they whine. Really?

I think, like all big cities, it is whatever you want it to be, it's just that by definition you have to look a little harder to find its 'hidden' charms. In short, you have to stop complaining, get off your arse, open your eyes and enjoy this beautiful city.

All photos taken in the Ueno/Nezu/Nippori area.

Your a Foggot!

This guy is writing some of the funniest stuff around. This is as good a place as any to start, but I also recommend '10 formal complaints'. I agree, David must be an absolute joy to work with.

Earthquake anniversary

So, it's becoming difficult to watch TV again: the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake is tomorrow at 2.46pm, and the documentaries analysing and assessing the rate and mode of recovery of the affected areas, or once more picking over the corpse of that dreadful day, are on morbid loop on almost all channels. I'm a little hesitant to watch them to be honest.

Not because I want to forget what happened - I don't, I can't - but because of what happened last time. The documentaries we watched at the 6 month mark, brought the horror back with a vividness that traumatized us all, especially the kids. So much so, they were unable to sleep properly for a while, and Ma-chan ended up sleeping on the floor in their room for a several weeks.

I've got my earthquake day story, like all who were here at the time, but I never tell it. I did a few times in the aftermath of the disaster itself - it was pretty much all we talked about for a good few weeks - and then I stoppe…


My nights’ dreams disappear like vapour,
Through a skylight, in my mind, Dreams beyond the years, Floating with the stars, Gentle dreams, rainbows, colouring my nights, Misty shadows, seen in a fog, Velvet curtains, partly open, erotic phantasms, Astride the bucking horse of sex, Planes of sensual interrogation, Butterflies, fluttering within oneself, Whirling, dancing, dream to dream, Shadows, merging into morning, Gentle, rainbows, misty, velvet, Dreams, I...
Nightmares, wake me suddenly, with a start, Pained, sweat-soaked sleep, Dragged back from fires, Abysses, pits of despair, Falling down, around, down, screaming, That never opened parachute, That forever-crashing car, Ripping flesh and cracking bone, Arms, hands, fingers, clutching my throat, Gasping, oh to see the face, The face, hidden face, of dark fantasy, Awoken by the last breath of choking death, Awake, to wait the dawn, Nightmares, I...        

This poem states very simply that dreams fade away, whereas nightmares stay with us a l…