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24th-Jul-2006 01:39 am(no subject)
There's melted chocolate on the "L" key of my keyboard. I just had to l l l l lick my finger.

For my own record.
16th-Jul-2006 11:34 pm - Akihabara
I don't feel in the mood for a particularly lengthy or serious post. I haven't updated my blog for a while, since I've been keeping a paper journal, at the expense of keeping my extremely small near non-existent readership updated on my what's been happening in my life.

So...to make up for that,  here's a short non-sensical video clip of some crazy people outside Akihabara Station doing some crazy things. There is a guy wearing a home-made horse mask preaching into a microhone, and an overweight man/woman doing a prancing around waving bits of blue ribbon around. Haha.

I still have no idea why they were doing what they were doing...

30th-May-2006 05:03 pm - 僕を探しに
Today I slept in until twelve in the afternoon. Seeing that it was a clear day outside, the first thing I did was go downstairs to put on a load of laundry...

But now it is raining cats and dogs. My laundry is still hanging outside on my balcony. Oh well...

...

I was browsing through a second hand book fair at Waseda University a few weeks ago, and stumbled across a children's picture book, tucked away amidst the numerous yellowed and age-worn volumes on obscure academic topics.

It was Shel Silverstein's "The Missing Piece". Except this copy had been translated into Japanese, so it was called 「僕を探しに」 (boku wo sagashi ni / Off to Find Myself). Incidentally, TODAY (I think) is the 30th anniversary of "The Missing Piece".

It is a simple but beautiful book, telling the story of "It", a bouncing rolling circle who goes off in search of its missing piece. Here is how it begins...

何かが足りない
それでぼくは楽しくない
足りないかけらを探しに行く
ころがりながらぼくは歌う
    「ぼくはかけらを探してる、
    足りないかけらを探してる、
    ラッタッタ さあ行くぞ、
    足りないかけらを……」


And in English:

It was missing a piece.                                                                                
And it was not happy.                                                              
So it set off in search of its missing piece.                                   

And as it rolled it sang this song -                  
                               
    "Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece                                                           
    I'm lookin' for my missin' piece                                                                      
    Hi-dee-ho,  here I go                                                         
    Lookin' for my missin' piece."                                                                    

At the time I was strange period of unsettledness, where despite being having so good things going for me I still felt rather empty and hollow. So finding this little gem of a book, that deals with one's enduring desire and search for that missing "something" in such a simple and dare I say it again - beautiful manner, really lifted my spirits.

For me, it was gentle reminder that this occasional/frequent/constant feeling of emptiness is something we all share, and that maybe we can all do with a little bit of searching for that missing piece. 
17th-May-2006 11:34 pm - Random Snapshots #1

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Inside a toden

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17th-May-2006 10:50 pm - Video: 都電
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The warning signal of an approaching toden (tram / 都電 ) is a familar sound, one imprinted firmly into my mind from watching the mind-blowingly beautiful anime "Neon Genesis Evangelion" during my high school years. In case you are wondering, I'm referring to the lengthy scenes which show Shinji in deep thought or wrestling with his self-doubt as he rides on an imaginary tram of his mind that is seemingly without a destination.

Perhaps because of this connection, something always stirs deep inside me whenever I hear or see a toden...
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