Saturday, 16 October 2010

Dancing dragons and fascists - a typical Tokyo Sunday

Japan's still full of surprises. Wandering through Shinjuku yesterday, one of Tokyo's busiest districts, I came across a traditional music group playing drum-'n'-flute out of the back of a van while a man in an old-school dragon outfit danced around snapping his wooden teeth at frightened children. Round the next corner, a fascist rally was blaring out old marching tunes from their big black vans. I bought a pair of trousers from the Uniqlo there and caught the train home.

Shishimai

日 本はまだ時々驚かせる。昨日新宿に歩きながらトラックの中に伝統的な伎楽を弾いているフルートと太鼓のバンドを見た。すると、ある人は獅子舞と言う踊りを 踊って木の歯をカチッと鳴らして小さい子供を怖がれせていた。次の角に、右翼の黒いバスから戦争の演歌が鳴り響いてきた。心が困じてユニクロからズボンを 買ってから電車に乗って帰った。

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