Tokyo   And so the sun sunk behind Mt. Fuji, while the ocean of civilization lit up.

  

 

To me Japan was...

 

... prudent and polite tranquility in the streets of a 35-million-metropolis · most modern tomorrows following an ancient past · black suits mingling with quirky Victorian dresses · busy city veins channeling their rush into placid gardens · TOCHO, again and again · busy ant crossings · borrowing a friend's Long Johns · being respectfully kicked out of a secretive manga library · a tiny good deed with unknown outcome.

What's it gonna be to you?

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: WHO’S COUNTING | They say Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing is the world’s busiest; but really, who's counting?

glimpse: BUSY DIZZY | If your job isn’t the job for you, being busy might make you dizzy: fingers stapled to the keyboard, you hastily type your lifetime away, 8hrs a day; the next weekend ever too far, the next vacation further yet, retirement but a remote dream of a dream of a different life; a mirage really, once you reach it heaving 60+ years but having left behind the lightness of your youth. No backspace to slam now. Plagued by angst and inertia, your cellmates in the cubical penitentiary are guilty of the same crime – high stakes trades: contentment for happiness, security for moments, office life for life. And so the self-inflicted sentence will be just that: office life for life. But there is the hope of breaking out – and even this picture is trying to escape its rectangular fence, when you stare at it long enough. 

glimpse: PAPER THIN | The way our brain box constructs reality is rather square. Once the messy outside world is funneled through our perception, it is neatly arranged in sense making drawers full of order. Just how we like it: little. digestible. bits. of. predictability. The chaos that lurks behind the reality we believe in is just too confusing to be meddled with, so we keep our distance. But, every now and then, our eyes run into something they can’t quite wrap their heads around – optical illusions, pockets of inexplicable and inescapable wonder in our well organized, highly functional and invaluable processors, wands that poke holes into our cognition and defy grasp, control and reason with nothing but a cheap trick.

little odd cosmoses

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Tokyo

Busy, yet quiet; neat, yet quirky.

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Tokyo

 

 

 

 

 

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