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Tokyo Not 2020


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Shot on March 14, 2011; a time when it was ok to pack ourselves onto moving boxes. Not ok today, unfortunately •

Virtue


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The rustle of the wind eased the bustle of pretend •

Tunnel Flute


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The flowers rustled; the traffic sorta bustled; throughout it all, the flute played true •

Regrettable


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What we’ve done is often glorious, but not always •

天皇映える (Tennō Glow)


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Satoko and I were in Toritsu Daigaku, and the Emperor of Japan, aka, 天皇 (Tennou or, Tennō), and his wife, Michiko, just happened to be driven through. It’s sort of a big deal for the obvious reason—he’s the Emperor of Japan, but also because this is the last month he will be the Emperor in this 平成時代 (Heisei jidai/period). He’s stepping down to make way for the next in line—his son, and the new period, 令和時代 (Reiwa jidai/period). This is unusual, as the Emperor usually will hold his position until death, but Akihito (his given name) may be wiser than his predecessors in that he’s willing to live out his final years as a common mortal. I hold him in higher regard simply for wanting a relaxing life. It was cool to be able to see him and Michiko •

Gullsea


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As we headed from Kumamoto to Nagasaki, the gulls were restless •

Momentous Cessation


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What do you see? It’s not real. It never was, and, uh, it never will be. All you have to do is understand that nothing stays the same. It doesn’t. This moment right here—it’s gone. Where did it go? Doesn’t matter—it was. Where does it go? Doesn’t go anywhere—it just ceases to be •

What Does [it] Represent


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A pencil drawing in progress. I point out what I worked on the other day. It was a good session, but as of now I still don’t know where this will lead. Not important, though •