Monster Summer shaping up in Japan.
Strange and dangerous times loom ahead: Shifting seismic
plates; Massive Fukushima clouds drifting downwind to
Tokyo; Markets crashing; Aircons welded eyes shut while
Enormous four-month Super-Scorching Heat Wave barbecues
poets, English teachers, sweating salaryslaves.
Yes. Foul weather on the horizon. Long malingering fault
corpses suddenly springing back to life under Safe and Clean
Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. North American rubbing
Eurasian Plate the wrong way. Philipino making its big move
beneath Thousand Year Hamaoka nuclear plant. Whole god-
damned country slipping under nervous Pacific Plate.
Its early but already Japan Incorporateds filling shops with
energy-saving electric toilet seats; Thoughtful travel agencies
hurriedly cobble together Disaster Tours so frantic masses
of concerned volunteer can view bummed out evacuees up
close and personal. Hybrid cars clog narrow streets; Pachinko
parlors provide chain-smoking addicts with fewer balls.
Likewise, Sumo, already crippled by bungled Three Stooges
match-fixing cock-ups, bows to rapidly sinking media
numbers, throws in the towel for low-grossing backwater
bashos. And dont forget the forthcoming humongous
disaster rebuilding tax increases; Tons of political bs by
anguished authorities in Issay Miyake boiler suits;
plus the usual fake apologies from brillianteened corporate
a-holes, dont rock the boat cheerleading by smiley-faced NHK
talking heads, and loads of self-censored cowtowing by crack
members of Japans highly objective paper-trained Fifth Estate.
For now Im hanging in. Years Diet Coke lines our kitchen floor
plus sufficient ass wipe to service the Libyan army for a solid
month, not to mention cases of canned meatballs, cup ramen,
dingdongs, chocopuffs, frosted flakes, etc. Of course we could
get evacuated any minute, spend the next thirty years in a
crowded junior high school gymn waiting for just-in-time high
end temporary housing. But for now, were here. Embedded.
And we dont intend to leave. GAMMAN!!
Tokyo, Saturday, 04/30/11