Honestly speaking, the last 2 weeks before my homecoming, I was thinking that I can do everything I want to do. The only thing which I need to do to make it come true is to imagine it clearly. Who could have imagined that we could talk with a person who is living on the other side of the earth with a video, for free? Who could imagine that you can get all the information you need from all over the world and you can translate it into your own language for free? Who could imagine that you can carry all those devices in your pocket? I’m sorry that those examples are not good against today’s topic, but anyway, I was thinking that I can do everything I could imagine clearly and I had a lot of confidence that I can do everything when I arrived in Tokyo.
The next day that I came back to Tokyo, I woke up late in the afternoon at my bar, with a terrible headache. I had no idea how much I drank and how many friends I met the night before, but I only remembered I cried loudly in the early morning. I staggered to my feet I started walking to Sento (Japanese public bath) unsteadily. I invited a friend who has been taking care of me in Shimokitazawa for 6 years till now, to go to the Sento together and we restarted walking, then because the Sento was opening at 15:00, we waited some time at the Manga cafe (We can read all the Manga until the next day at 5:00 for just $10). After I read some Manga which I really wanted to read during My travels, I went outside to smoke one cigarette and I lit it. At that moment, I suddenly turned pale, I broke out beads of sweat and it was running down my whole body. “What’s going on with my body??” “Where am I exactly??” I’m still not sure what it was happening at that time, but I though this is kind of feeling I would have when I would die and I was really scared about the surveillance cameras that looked at me that time.
I came back to the room of Manga cafe, I went to the bathroom, I took a crap and I threw up. I went to the Sento in a hurry and I jumped into a cold water bath. “OMG.. What on earth happened?” I was in a state of confusion about that but as I went to the bathroom again and again, I became better. Then I thought that I want to keep my health and that’s why I have to eat healthy and reliable food and I have to refrain from alcohol and smoking…
As I mentioned in the last post, I thought why everybody (including me) has a smartphone and I started to try to put the phone away and a new life in Tokyo restarted. The TV which I watched in Sento broadcasted the advertisement of the smartphone every single time between the programs and they tried to sell it to the old people too.
After I started putting away the phone, I started talking with people 10 times more than before. Because I can’t use Google maps I have to ask somebody how to get to my destination every single time. However, because of that, I met a lot of people who I wouldn’t have met if I got there using Google maps, and we start talking about some things and I can give the shop card of my bar when I meet a very kind person. It is true that if we use a smartphone we can go wherever we want to go and we can do whatever we want to do, but It also means that if you are addicted to using your smartphone every single time when you want to do something, you cannot do anything without your phone and your possibility or the power of your brain would be the same as your phone’s battery.
Because I haven’t checked my FB, I got more free time and I started to open a book. I picked a book which was about what I’m interested in now, every 3days, to kill time. Furthermore, because I haven’t checked my Messenger well (I had opened it for apologizing because I didn’t reply, once a day), people who really wanted to meet me had to come to my bar. It wasn’t convenient that I couldn’t use a smartphone, but I really enjoyed my new lifestyle and I realized that we waste a lot of important things because of the smartphone. Of course, it is just my opinion which I thought about those days and I’m not sure if this technology makes our future better or not. However, I think it is too bad to do somethings as everybody without thinking and I think that it isn’t different from being a robot.
Well, I talked about it, just as I mentioned above, to my customers who asked me about my travel. Of course, I tried to chose my words but nobody understood me well enough and I was a very strange guy to them. However, It was not the only thing which I realized when I arrived in Tokyo, Also, I found the way to fix it but if I said it I was labeled as crazy.