sunday morning 4/12 tachikawa

April 11, 2015

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As predicted Sunday morning broke bright and sunny with no rain in sight. Walking out of the hotel and greeting this was a great start to the day after a week of rain, mist, and snow. I was happy to look out as the sun was coming up over the buildings. I also came to appreciate how the city planners have been trying to put as much green in the central urban area as possible. It’s soothing to look out and see the new greens of spring, especially in the middle of human urban structures.

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As I walked from my hotel to my daily breakfast at a local Starbucks, I passed other businesses quietly getting ready to open. Single individuals out getting everything clean and straight for the day’s customers.

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The Toma monorail was busy and full of passengers, especially early in the morning. Every time I see this I can’t help but think of Blade Runner.

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My only companion at Starbucks this morning was this gentleman, quietly drinking something (tea? coffee? cocoa?) while deep in thought. The fact he had a paper book open in front of him and was looking at something on a single sheet of paper gives me hope for humanity.

Besides, it makes me wonder what he was looking at and what he was thinking about.

He does have an electronic device with earplugs, which leads me to believe he was listening to music perhaps. And that’s fine. Humanity has grown up with the printed word over thousands of years. I’d hate to see that great legacy wiped out by visual cultural trash available over smartphones.