Left, a head behind

I try to post on Saturdays/Sundays and Tuesdays/Wednesdays when those days are not missing from my life and  something else is… Early Morning at the February Cafe …

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Construction is always ongoing, lots which once were a home become a 25 foot wide  high rise

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or a parking lot/vending machine family business.

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Outdoor -above-ground -wires wires, everywhere wires in tokyo

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Pressure from within

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Oden, for many a favorite,

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a close encounter with food,

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and more food, tskuji0847Det26%ppi100D800

Times I felt like this

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And someone reminds me  “What right do you have to be?”

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Alast ma, ma

Walking alone in the rain has its own special rewards, the smell of the dirt rising from the street, and sound of cars whoosing by,asakusa4156Det24%ppi100D800

and even by chance  a special moment

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Tokyo has many small businesses, small not just in the size of the business, perhaps many are family businesses, but the physical size of the business and deliveries are a constant and ubiquetious form of behaviour.  Push carts, hand carry,  small trucks medium size trucks are everywhere.

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Smoking takes place outside usually in specifically designated areas, as I guess does conversation…

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or when just being together requires no conversation, just a personal connection .

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whether older young

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or perhaps waiting out your time

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Two floors in a restaurant

asakusa4103_24%ppi100G800and heart is where you find the home and business

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or maybe to others  your home is just some kind of  art

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If you cannot make your own fantasy  you can buy someone else’s

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or even create your own.

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if you can find it. Its a beautiful kimono but I do not think when a non Japanese person wears one its “cultural appropriation, there is no other way to understand kimono without  the experience of dressing.

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Take your self, hear

Tako-yaki, these two young women opened up the store at 10:00 am  and they could not make it fast enough . . .ueno1956Det24%ppi100C8

Around the corner from my hotel was Hotel California at Kaminarimon, Sunday -Thursday ¥3700 yen for 90 minutes, tax included . . .

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a few blocks away from the Hotel  California is Sensoji at Kaminarimon,

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and over around the side, people enjoy using the computer-smartphone, what right does anyone have to be happy?

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On the Tokyo Metro I doubt she got this bag as a souvenir on a visit,

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In Tokyo there are many situations where old and new meet. Notice the garden, very common among small residences in Tokyo like this.

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Remember the images from the set of Tora-san films of the store on the bottom, the kitchen and eating in the back with  sleeping rooms upstairs.

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The buildings may be quite older, or perhaps the closer to the end of WWII the more likely they were made with “a less modern level of improvement” than things made after.

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Imagine living and working in the same building, and a narrow building like these  in Tokyo . . . how different are  the thoughts in my mind?

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Tow key, oh!

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Getting around Tokyo using the subway/train system is easy.  The Tokyo system is made up of  “lines”  of Metro subways and trains. In the map below different lines have different colors and the little black/gray boxes with letters and numbers in them are stations.tokuyosubwaymap

Each line has a color,  a letter and stations are classified by a number,  And in the black/gray lined box you can discern two states, all are inside the same station or they might be different which might range from tunnels to having to walk up stairs, down the block and down the stairs to change train lines.

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If you are on the train it can look like this above the door (see below). Graphic images were created which visually communicate the details necessary to fully comprehend the information.

The numbers, which are also used as graphic elements—you do not have know that the numbers are in any standardized order, you just have to know which station  you are at, which way the trains go, and to which station you want to go, all information which can be known visually though not instantly. And if you do know the (arabic) numbers, that is a pattern which is immediately understood by the eye.

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This information is graphically and  publicly available in the station as you can see below. On the walls are large circles with a letter and number inside,  all in the color of the line. And below, they are graphically explaining a branch off.

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One kind of behaviour common inc cities is people standing at traffic/pedistrian lights.

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And generally they do this without being a threat to each other.

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They can be from all walks of life  and come together  to share this 30 second experience  and then part, rarely even talking to each other .

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While these people seem to be enjoying themselves they both not only have on  white pants but matching mostly white jackets. I could not sit down on the -whatever-they-are-sitting on) like that, I would be too uncomfortable worrying about spoiling the clothes.

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So many buildings. so many high rise apartment buildings

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converging irregular  patterns skytower5286_24%ppi100D800

There are many Japanese houses where  functional  wires and pipes are on the outside, looks kind of like my first impression of Dune (movie) contrasting a story of the future with past-feeling hardware.

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A tattoo of a shrine in the country side

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Someone salted my mind

Walking  from Tsukiji to Ginza and then walking over towards Ginza, this is what people do together when occupying public space while having respect for others.

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Some minds have a kid of their own, and kids some mind their own.

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While seats in the park seek their mark in the darkness of something else is there, but we do not know what it is, or where it is, or when it is or why it is, but a photograph is a visual record of it, even  when we cannot agree on what we see and except if it is “photoshopped.” …“Hey over there!”

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Graphics to read, buttons to push, money to insert, even the human help may naturally pop out like a piece of green grass between the cracks in the cement.

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He looked older than me, still doing, am I still doing? enjoying my old age?  How fortunate that I can even ask this question and more fortunate to answer it even if that answer is ignorance.

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Alone, night, a Ueno park, older than me? younger than I?  I could say Why don’t we have more humanity than this? But then our humanity does show, we have tried many different things, and yet there are always more people in basic need while there is wealth enough to enable it not to happen.

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It could be  that our “solutions”  did not work, or it could be that our solutions would have worked but that as we developed and implemented them the problem also evolved and/ or changed.

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While the former suggest our its our failure, the latter suggests without the ability to stop society from changing or the ability to correctly predict the future, everything we do  to make a more humane world is doomed to failure.

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But the third alternative is the when we do something, even though its not a 100% solution, it makes some things better for some people and that makes it worth doing as well as give us something more to do tomorrow.

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