I walked through Shimokitazawa where I used to live, opened the sweet old door. The smell I smelled when I opened the door was the same as around 1 year and 8 months ago and I finally said that “I’m home!!”.
“I knew it.” The manager of our bar said and made me feel embarrassed, we hugged each other and he poured beer from the tap. “Welcome back!!” “I’m home!!” “Kanpai!!” I made a toast with him and all the customers inside the bar, a lot of friends and regular customers came to the bar to say “Welcome back”, we drank a lot, the same as When I was there, then I cried loudly among a lot of friends in the early morning. I was happy that they were keeping the atmosphere exactly the same as when I left there.
However, I left this place after 2 weeks. I held back the tears in the night bus from Tokyo to Osaka. “Why nobody understands me?” However, I couldn’t keep them.
Hi there. At first, I would like to announce that I came back to Japan safely and also, I would like to apologise that I couldn’t write my post in those couple of weeks. I had a lot of reasons, but it is just an excuse for you so, easy to say, I was too busy and I wanted to write why I was busy in these posts from now. Anyway, I’m happy that I could continue this blog and I want you to read as usual. The Japan part of flowerontheshit blog starts from here.
5th Sep of 2016, I arrived in Tokyo from Vancouver. In a word, For 2 months the life in Vancouver was “Amazing”, hanging out with a lot of friends on Wreck beach, being naked and enjoying the sun with them every day. The thing I was doing there was drinking “The cold Sapporo beer” with all my friends on the beach. Because I improved my English, I could understand them better than last summer and I was 10 times more interesting than last season when I spent time just smiling and understanding nothing, not even why everybody is naked. For me, the beach called Wreck beach was a school and all the people who I met there were my teachers. They taught me a lot of things, not only English but all important things for the living, what this world is and what peace is and also what happiness is. I want to write that Thank you to everyone here.
I was a social vagrant for 2 months in Vancouver. I didn’t have a serious job and I slept on my Vancouver brother’s couch and I did only what I want to do. Also, I was exactly naked for half of those 2months. But I was happy every day and I feel that it is the true life which we can do, just as all the animals do it, except for the human being. and I was busy to do it every day.
Anyway, After 2months have passed, I said goodbye to everyone, I left there and I arrived in Tokyo. The first time I was in Tokyo for 1 year and 8 months. I moved from Narita airport to Shinjuku by airport bus and I took the train from Shinjuku to Shimokitazawa. However, I was startled out by their situation and I felt scared when I saw the inside of the train.
All people in the train, except me, were looking down on their own smart-phone, just swipe their own screen and saw their own small world inside the device. Everybody looked down and only I looked forward. Of course, I also have iPhone 6s and I used it and it was necessary during this travel. However, For those 2 months in Canada, I didn’t make a contract with any career and of course, I couldn’t use a phone at the naked beach. Easy to say, I came from a no-tech world to the fucking craziest technology city from all over the world and when I saw that sight, I felt that everyone who was wearing the same suit and had the same bag with the same haircut is as a new mass-produced humanoid robot.
It is true that they are normal persons and me who doesn’t have a job, house, family, money and who has a big backpack, long hair, growing a beard is an abnormal person in this society. But for me who has been going the opposite way of normal for over 10 years, It is my normal way and the way on which I will keep going from now on too. So, what do I want to say is, I thought about why everybody (including me) has a smartphone at that time (in the train). From that moment, I started trying to put away my phone and a new life in Tokyo started.