May 2010

Walk Don’t Walk

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This is the sto­ry of a man who dreams of walk­ing in a gar­den. He lives in the city and his entire world is a col­lage of trains, bus­es and sub­ways.

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One Year Older, Ten Years Wiser

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Next week we cel­e­brate Souly’s birth­day. Many take New Year’s Eve, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day to rem­i­nisce and make res­o­lu­tions. For me, the fact that the Earth has com­plet­ed one more rev­o­lu­tion around the sun, that a wise man was born 2000 years ago, or that some choco­late com­pa­nies want to make mon­ey means very lit­tle to me.

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Small Space

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I went out for the first time in Tokyo one cold November night. The air was filled with a spir­it of fes­tiv­i­ty and the smell of sake, and the Yamanote train was espe­cial­ly crowd­ed with busi­ness­men well ahead of my friends and I in alco­hol intake.

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City of Circles

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Early one Sunday morn­ing, I took the first train on the Yamanote loop that embraces cen­tral Tokyo. The ride from the night­club quar­ter of Shibuya to my home in Komagome nor­mal­ly took 20 min­utes. However, on the train my thoughts drift­ed back to the pre­vi­ous night as I slid into deep unin­ter­rupt­ed sleep.

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Budida is Ryan’s friend. They often play a game where Budida hides some­hwere in the house while Ryan and his mom Celia fol­low the sound of Budida’s hum­ming. Ryan always wins because only he can hear the song.

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I’m 34. I have expe­ri­ence, friends, and nice things. I’ve been to places and met peo­ple. And yet, I have achieved noth­ing.

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