World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky traveled to Japan last week ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis. Chomsky, now 85 years old, met with Fukushima survivors, including families who evacuated the area after the meltdown. Watch his remarks on Democracy Now!
Dog figurines at Okage Yokocho, Ise.
It didn’t show up another time, the freeze must’ve killed it!
Weird about my page killing your browser, some tumblrs do that to mine too. Super annoying, I think the site is just buggy.
Five things hmm
1. I’m reading a great book right now from thenomadsland called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It’s so lovely! And also in the middle of The Education by Nick Hornby. It’s a short sweet little screenplay but I’m enjoying it. Somehow both of my books are set in England but it’s just a coincidence.
2. When I was a kid I was way more into stuffed animals than dolls. I had this huge stuffed pegasus when I was five that was as big as me that my next store neighbor evangelical Christian best friend Hayley gave me for my birthday. It was a regift, it belonged to her. I didn’t care one bit, it was my favorite thing and I kept it forever. I remember when I went her house she would make me pray before eating a snack of like, peas. And would give me bookmarks and candy for learning bible verses.
I also had a Popple that I really loved.
3. I really like walking. Not running, I don’t like to rush. Cycling is ok if it’s flat. But walking. Let’s go on a long walk. Preferably with lunch in the middle. And some good stuff to take pictures of. I have several pedometers.
4. When I was little I wanted to be a writer. Now I’m a writer, kind of, but I don’t really want to be a writer. Goals change.
5. Man I used to love Shirley Temples with as many maraschino cherries as possible. I still order them occasionally. I can tie the stem into a knot with my tongue pretty quickly. This has resulted in more than one marriage proposal.
Thanks. I haven’t spoken to her yet though I sent her condolences. She’s really overwhelmed. Luckily a close mutual friend who lives nearby was able to fly up and is there helping her deal with all the horrible details.
2. Finish a crochet project
3. Travel to Saipan
4. Ride the night train across Japan (from Tottori to Yokohama)
5. Cook ten new recipes (2/10 cookies, taco rice)
6. Dress up as a maiko (had to do this for work and never would have otherwise)
7. Travel to Sweden
8. Take the lowest level Spanish proficiency test
10. Take a friend to volunteer at the soup kitchen
11. Read 50 new books (11/50; I just finished The Night Circus, it was really good!)
12. Take at least an amateur class or photo walk to learn to use my DSLR better
13. Write for a new client/publication
14. Go to 6 shows (concerts)
16. See Takarazuka or similar
17. Meet my (adopted) cousin whom I’ve never met
18. Go camping someplace new
20. Visit my aunt who got cancer and whom I haven’t since before then
21. Make a cat enclosure in the back yard (in progress)
22. Figure out why my internet has sucked for four years and get it fixed
23. Find and write about five new restaurants (2/5, making some progress)
24. Shoot and develop some of the many film rolls languishing around the house
25. Pay off a major bill
Those in italics are completed.
My good friend’s husband shot himself last night.
He had a lot of problems, was in a lot of pain and on a lot of meds. I’m not sure if it was purposely. I heard it was accidental.
I’m so worried about her, everything is so overwhelming right now. Honestly, where do you go, what do you do, after something like that? I wish I was nearer to her. Luckily a mutual friend was able to fly out and be there with her as she just moved to where she is and doesn’t know anyone there.
She is my good friend but I knew him too, we hung out several times. He was a troubled man but I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.
Just now I was going down into the subway at Shibuya and a guy with a camera was coming up. Our eyes met and he said “hola.” As I passed him I replied “hola.”