When
· Naughties
· · 2002
· · · November
· · · · 28 (1 entry)

November Tokyo · The sci-fi analo­gies are over­whelm­ing, stream­ing in on 100 chan­nels la­beled "The Sprawl", "Blade Runner", "Fifth Element", you name it, Shibuya in the 8PM rush in the rain, neon ev­ery­thing flares bril­liant­ly off rain-drenched cars and awnings and street­s. Every­one (ev­ery­one, ev­ery­one) has an um­brel­la. I have a leather jack­et and a broad Aus­tralian Akubra and feel pret­ty im­mune to the rain and more ma­neu­ver­able than the umbrella'ed throngs but ev­ery Ja­panese and even ev­ery oth­er gai­jin, even the seedy street mer­chants and black dudes strik­ing homie pos­es out­side the gym-shoe store, has an um­brel­la. I re­solve not to mind stand­ing out ...
 
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