COME IN TOKYOIts not so much a city more a trap waiting to catch the unwary making some dumbass stupid mistake like walking to the supermarket in toilet slippers or ordering lunch in an expensive eel restaurant thinking youre in some cheap pork cutlet shop. A lot of people live here, but nobody knows how many. Believers say its good to meditate because theres lots of stress in such a big high speed city. In the 1920s many angry alienated young people moved to Paris to become poets, painters and writers. Today many angry alienated young people move to Tokyo to become English teachers. If you dont look totally exhausted the boss thinks youre not working hard enough. Tokyo has never been exciting like Rome used to be but it does have good train service. When things start shaking everybody holds their breath hoping its not a replay of 1923. People in this town like to eat. When you eat in a rotating sushi shop they count the plates, but when you ride on a train you should count the stations. We have four seasons in this country. It takes three times as much energy to correct a mistake as to take a train going in the wrong direction.
Tokyo Fri 12/12/03