Tokyo is starting to grow on me. I was a bit shocked at the coolness or abruptness of people at first. And we had some bad luck running into absolute assholes on the train early on when looking for an apartment, a stressful process made harder by being rejected by landlords because we are foreign. But S and I are settling in. And it’s actually not bad. Apart from the insane work culture that has S happy if she can make it home by nine. At least I’m here now to cook her meals and sort out the apartment.
Tokyo feels more like I’m in Japan, strangely enough. I had kind of lost that feeling while in Kyoto. Everything started to feel a bit grey and washed out. The town we are in now has great little streets to walk through though. The parks are also really nice. Everywhere you see efforts to make flowers, creepers or small trees bloom in the tiniest strips of verge. Some old workshop I saw had its walls just covered in rambling greenery. Around the corner an abandoned or condemned house from half a century back, surrounded on all sides by tall buildings, but now turning into a small jungle. I could imagine kids going there on a dare. The ubiquitous stray cat cleans itself from a rooftop. A sento offers cheap hot baths while you can get your clothes washed next door. An old tram line had been converted into a long park. It’s all only a few steps off from the major road our building fronts on.
Now I just need to get sons kind if work. I might end up changing to a tourist visa otherwise. In which case I’ll be three months here before going back to oz. Then probably job hunting online. S needs me around at least for this year and into the next.
90% of the liberal/progressive theology on this website is shitty
"#like at least conservatives are semi consistent"
Consistency is overrated.
But in all seriousness, I must disagree. This sounds to me like the oft repeated assertion by liberals and leftists that “I hate conservatives, but at least the libertarians are consistent.” Which, while, initially convincing, I think in the end only serves to obfiscate the important issues. Specifically, “consistency” is often trouted as a powerful norm of ethical and philosophical judgment. In actuality, I would suggest, it is most often a mere manifestation of one’s inability or unwillingness to do the “hard work” of examining context, nuance, and the specificities of difference. It is the very definition of facile, something which “appears neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial.” Said otherwise, the world is too complex of a place for a small number of arbitrarily chosen axioms to play out in every situation through a small number of clearly determinable permutations. This is most clearly seen in the libertarian axiom of “freedom of choice,” but can also be seen in a number of conservative theological axioms (sola’s anyone?), which by being presumed to be both universally correct and fully sufficient, are than able to be used as weapons against the nuances of cultural, religious, ethnic, and any other number of socio-historical contexts.
I would rather deal with an “inconsistent” progressive, who is attempting (even if unsuccessfully) to adapt their theology to the specific complexities of life, than with a “consistent” conservative, who uses a few axioms as a bulldozer to plow over concrete difference, and bury those who don’t fit the mold.
So the Washington Post recently ran a breathless story about the raging new trend in Japan: “Zentai” full body suits (zentai literally meaning “full body”) and we were immediately reminded of the completely bogus “bagelhead” phenomenon and the slightly-less-bogus but still pretty misleadingly reported “sexless Japan” thing from a while back.
The reality is you could probably find 10 people who are into cutting their own penises off and jumping out of windows in a drug-fueled berserker rage in the Post’s home state of Washington, but that doesn’t necessarily constitute a trend.
If anything, “Zentai” is probably most comparable to so-called Furries; people who get their rocks off dressing in full-body animal costumes and acting like forest creatures that think they’re people. We aren’t ones to judge, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that Furries, like Zentai, are firmly outside of the mainstream. Oddly, though, we don’t really see Japanese media going bonkers over those zany Americans who have taken to dressing up in fox and horse costumes en masse and taking to the streets.
The Washington post. Lol.
Back in Tokyo. Suits, suits, suits. S is being worked half to death already.
Picking up my suit in a few days and getting it altered. Will be a real help for the interviews to have a proper one that fits me. Just need to find some shinier brown shoes to go with it.
An alternative look at Ai Wei Wei. The comments are a good read.
Saw Office Space. Excellent first thirty minutes. Went nowhere. They had some ideas that were excellent, but in the end not an actual plot. Jenifer Aniston was very good, even though it was a small role.