POUNDING THE VOID
(written performed, recorded by Malcolm Wong)
It rained today
Washed the pain away
One song at a time
Down the stairs I climbed
The tide is low
Gulf of Mexico
you slept with a ghost
Laid her down on the coast
Pounding the void
Rage of Sigmund Freud
Stoking Taliban extremes
Recent stemware by Malcolm Wong.
Enoki is running for office. Enoki is also a kind of mushroom…
He’s headed for Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Yamate Dori runs north-south from Ikebukuro to Tokyo Bay. During rush hour, it’s jammed. This is about 9:30 AM.
There are a number of train and subway stations on Yamate Dori. This is near Nakai.
Between Nakai and Ochiai Station on Yamate Dori.
The dog sensed me, but its mistress was in another dimension.
A semi-rare gaijin pedestrian on Shin-Omekaido Dori between Nakano Sakaue, Marunouchi Line and Seibu Shinjuku station.
Meiji Dori across from Times Square Takashimaya.
Meiji Dori between Sendagaya and Harajuku. This area has a number of large fashion companies that are going extinct.
The same intersection. Take a right to go to Harajuku station.
Preparing for another day of retail in Harajuku on Meiji Dori.
Warm weather brings bicycles.
I believe it is hinoki allergy season…
This geezer may be homeless, but he has wheels.
Ramen and Abulla Soba are fast foods.
And here we are in Daikanyama.
Posted on 05.13.16 under sumo
Day 2 with John Tymkiw, who kindly invited and sponsored my ticket.
John is an art director in NYC now, but a few years back when he was living in Hatsudai, Tokyo we did a few jobs together, a music video and some 2-D print stuff is what I remember.
John and his wife, Takako, have been coming back to Japan this time of year because Takako’s father died May 1, three years ago in Fukuoka. They just had a few days in Tokyo and John contacted me asked if I wanted to go. He would have gone by himself, but he definitely appreciated the company!
Ryogoku is a fun place to be when a tourney is on. Sumotori are everywhere.
All the upper deck seats were sold out, so we got box seats that were almost to the very back. It was far, but the level is good.
The Juryo entrance. Professional sumo is divided into 6 ranked divisions. Juryo is one level below Makuuchi, the highest division. Makuuchi is highest division of which the highest rank is yokozuna, followed by ōzeki, sekiwake and komusubi. There are typically 8-12 wrestlers in these ranks with the remainder, called maegashira, ranked in numerical order from 1 downwards.
I’ve always felt that sweeping had a spiritual element.
Big man crushes smaller man…
May I suggest additional support?
Yep, it’s contagious.
The Makuuchi enter…
Many of the sumotori have hoarse voices.
The yokozuna enter…
Sponsors’ banners. Towards the end of the day, the higher ranked sumotori get ads in the form of these banners before their match. Each banner is ¥70,000 which is $644 at today’s rate. The heya (stable) takes half and the Sumo Association takes ¥5,000 leaving the sumotori with ¥30,000 or $276 for each banner.
Posted on 05.11.16 under Tokyo people
The people seen when you go south on Yamate Dori, left on Inokashira Dori, right on the road that parallels the Yamanote Line from Harajuku to Shibuya, then a little left to Meiji Dori past Shibuya Station.