難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

“I’ve seen…things,”

intoned Rutger Hauer, “you people wouldn’t believe.”

And from my window, I can watch the lights on the skyscrapers of Umeda rhythmically pulsate into the night.

"Not...yet..."

And so it came to pass I found myself in Japan again, this time looking for something rather significant and lasting.  A life, you might say.  Getting to this part involved a bit of planning and a lot, and I mean a LOT, of sitting in a chair.  In return, I have three months here to find a patron.  That’s ninety days in Japan if I FAIL.  Needless to say I feel good about this and its potential effects on my life.

It’s already having a powerful musical effect on me.  When I came to Kyoto two years ago, I felt a growing apathy towards music in my life, and living in Japan mysteriously stoked my lust for vast quantities of listening material and opened my musical horizons.  Back in the country, I can feel songs already have an “electric” immediacy to them I never noticed before- even very familiar songs, heard while zonked from the trans-Pacific travel.  Enslaved’s new album is going to be a hell of a trip when I crank it up in Arashiyama, as I did with their last new release two years ago.

Funny thing, it felt like I’d never left.  I stumbled exhausted into my hotel, tucked into an bizarrely isolated feeling side street of Yodogawa, showered and changed, then ducked into a ramen shop on an empty lot, and trolled the convenience stores afterwards for cheap shochu.  Walking back, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is how it’s always been, this is how I do things. Wandering a big Japanese city just feels like- home for me.

I could keep writing, but I already have an interview tomorrow, and I want to enjoy sleeping horizontally again.

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5 responses

  1. qui-gon jinn ojisan

    Wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for sharing. Muu sat in my lap this Sunday morning. Changed my website for you.
    Your “neighborhood” looks spare. You are home!

    November 22, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    • Awww, little Muu has so many friends!

      Yeah, I knew it was going to be an “earthy” neighborhood but I was surprised at why. I thought it would be like Asakusa, full of old-timers and gambling ojisan, but it’s full of youth.

      November 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM

  2. qui-gon jinn ojisan

    Trying to re-register. Site does not like “spamnexus2”

    November 22, 2010 at 2:00 AM

  3. lordkelvin

    I am serene, reading your post.
    Is there a single word that says: ‘this is where I belong’ – ?
    You have an exciting week ahead. Remember everywhere you go I am sending love to you

    November 22, 2010 at 3:57 AM

  4. Beef

    Thanks for the updates, man. Best of luck!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

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