2007年07月31日

New York Day 6 - 向日葵

New Yorkは危ない街だと、いろんな人が口にしていました。

その一方で、New YorkはLondonよりは安全だと、いろんな人が口にしていました。

実際に行ってみなければ分からないものです。

さて、今日は昨日のドイツ人達が帰る前に、一緒にRockefeller Center行こうと誘われ、同行しました。本当はEmpire State Buildingに行く予定だったのですが、昨夜パブで知り合った人にRockefeller Centerの方が良いと勧められ、そちらに行く事にしました。



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あの日もここに、何人か観光客がいたのかも知れないね。そして、向こうに見えるビルに飛行機が衝突するのを見て、どんなに怖く思っただろうか。僕にはとても想像出来ない。



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一緒にいたドイツ人の1人がそう呟きました。



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ちなみに、Rockefeller Centerの隣には、こちらもまた有名なライブ会場が。Radio City Music Hallです。



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彼等を見送った後は、展望台から見えた遥か向こうの、都心から少し離れたところに行ってみようと思い、Brooklyn Bridgeへと向かいました。

途中、街並の様子が変わってきたなと思ったら、知らないうちに中華街に入り込んでいたようです。Londonの中華街はほんの数本の道で成っているだけですが、New Yorkの中華街はとても広く、まさに街です。歩きながら、時々ここが何処なのか分からなくなる程。



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屋台で買った焼きそば、これで1.5ドル。安いです。



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Brooklyn Bridgeはとても長い橋で、結局、途中まで歩いて行って引き返してきた訳ですが、眺めは素晴らしかったです。



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そうしたら今度は、橋から見えた摩天楼の向こう側に行きたくなって、結局自由の女神を目指す事に。

自由の女神を見る為のフェリーというのが結構曲者で、長時間並ぶしお金はかかるしで朝から行かないと難しいと聞かされていました。

そこで、裏技です。

Manhattanの南西に位置する、Staten Island行きのフェリー、これが何と無料。しかも、自由の女神の目の前を通る。これに乗らない手はありません。

そういう訳で、乗ってみました。自由の女神も、Lower Manhattanのビル群も、良い感じに眺める事が出来ました。



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島に着くや折り返し、Manhattanに戻って来ました。



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昨日休養したお陰か、今日は随分動けます。日が暮れる前に、もう1箇所何処かに行きたくなりました。

そんな訳で、Manhattanの反対側、Harlemへと向かった次第です。

Harlemは危険地帯、だそうです。でも、普通に観光で行く人は多いみたいです。

地下鉄の125th Street駅を降りると、Midtownからほんの10分程の距離とは思えない程、街並み変わっていました。建物も古びていて、英語ではなくスペイン語の看板が目立ち、道を歩く人も黒人が殆ど。



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しかし、実際に行ってみて、どうでしょうか。London、特に僕が住んでいる辺りよりかは、随分ましに思えませんか。



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駅を降りてしばらく歩いた所に広場があって、何やらフリーライブが催されていました。白人のミュージシャンがReggaeを歌っていました。生のRaggaeを聴きながら、Harlemを歩く。何だかとても嬉しい気分になりました。



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更に歩くと、有名なApollo Theaterが見えてきました。Black Musicのホームグラウンドとも言うべき場所です。



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立ち寄った本屋、レコード屋、レストラン、ここの黒人は、皆とても親切でした。辺りを見渡しても白人はおろかアジア人なんて全く見当たらないのに、道行く人は特に何も珍しがりません。以前、スイスの山奥に行った時には終始宇宙人でも見るかの様な目で見られていましたが、そんな事はここではありません。自由の国、というのはそういう事なのでしょうか。

ここを歩いていると、心地良い孤独に包まれます。

街中をしばらく散策していると、道路の中央分離帯に向日葵が1輪、咲いているのを見つけました。向日葵なんて見るのはいつ振りでしょうか。

向日葵は、僕に日本で過ごした夏を思い出させます。花火とか、祭りとか、果たせなかった約束とか。

今年の夏は、どんな事が僕を待っているのでしょうか。

少し感傷的になってしまいました。



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2007年07月25日

New York Day 5 - German Guys

My friends who talked recently always said to me, "Why did u go to New York alone? U are so brave."

No, I'm not brave. I'm just stupid.

I just wanted to see RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, and that's all. I bought the ticket without thinking, then after that I started to search flight, and hostels. So I wasn't that wise.

Do first, think later.

U may say I'm brave, but I'm not. I just can only do like this.

If I thought before like, "How can I go to New York?", "How much is the flight ticket?", "How safe are there?", "Can I understand American English well?", etc, it would take ages to go ahead.

I just hate to be "yu-ju- fudan". It doesn't make sense in my life.

Anyway, today was a good day to walk around the park, so I went to Central Park again with a Korean guy, who I just met last night in our hostel.

He's so nice guy. I don't know why but there always are a lot of Korean people around me... I just have to practice my Korean skill more to make them surprise.

Crossed the park to the Upper East Side, we went to the Metropolitan Museum. It's so huge museum, but not as huge as Musee du Louvre (Ru-buru Bijutsukan). We went inside to see some European paintings, but on the 1st floor(Ground floor in England), there are so many Ancient Roman and Egyptian scalptures... It's quite similar to British Museum. Actually the Korean guy has been to London and British Museum, we agree each other then go up to 2nd floor to see paintings.



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I like impressionism and my favourite artist is Claude Monet.

I've seen his masterpiece, "Waterlilies" several times in National Gallery, Tate Modern, Musee d'Orsey and Musee du l'Orangerie. And now my 5th "Waterlilies" was here.



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Impressionism, especially Claude's works are quite attractive directlty to viewer's brain, compared with some other works of era or categories. I believe they had an eye which nobody else had before. Absolutely incredible, work of natural given genius.

After seeing museum, we got hungry and looked around something to eat. Then we came to Lexington Avenue and found a restaurant. It was nice restaurant and I ate... Philly cheese steak sandwich again. It's become my favourite food over here. I ate 3 times in 5 days. I might have got extra belly right here in my skinny body.



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Having a lunch at Lexington Avenue... It sounds like Murakami Haruki's novel, innit?

After lunch, he went back to hostel coz he got drunk last night and didn't sleep much. I went to Midtown by myself to buy some souveniors to my family.

There's my cousin(yes, actually cousin, I think so) who is really into bascket ball. So I went to NBA shop. It was huge shop and it took a while to decide what to buy for him but I bought a nice one, I hope.



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Then as my father ordered me before, I went to Greenwich Villege to find F.D.N.Y.(Fire Department of New York) shop. That was nice cool shop and I bought some nice ones, I hope.



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Yes, I'm a quite good son. Don't u think so, father?

I felt tired after shopping, so decided to go back to hostel. It was still early, but to think about the rest of days, I should have a rest sometimes, so.

And had a nap, still early to go out for dinner, went outside again and walked along the riverside. Today I haven't done much, but in the long time travel I've gotta have a day like this, otherwise I feel tired everyday.

Viewing over New Jersey, the sun is shining so bright. I have got tanned so much here. When I'm back in London, my friends will be surprised.

There are 2 German guys staying in our room from yesterday. Since there has been a German guy as well, our room is filler with German guy, exept me. And tonight was the last night of those all German guys so we went to have a drink.

We have something in common. German and Japanese...


* When German travel in Europe, the people who met look them suspiciously because of Warld War II.

* When Japanese travel in Asia, the people who met look them suspiciously because of Warld War II.


* German are believed that they are smart and gentle, but some German actually are not.

* Japanese are believed that they are smart and gentle, but some Japanese actually are not.


* German are believed that they are proud of car from their country like Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, but sometime prefer Ferrari.

* Japanese are believed that they are proud of car from their country like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, but sometime prefer Ferrari.


We talked about that kind of silly things. Fuck all, who cares.

Really nice guys. Thanks for the good night. I see u all in Germany soon...



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2007年07月24日

New York Day 4 - She's WHITE STRIPEd At M.S.G.

Today is sunny day again. Blue sky, u know, I haven't seen this blue sky for ages...



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In the morning, I walked to Central Park to find a important place of Rock.



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Strawberry Fields. The memorial place for late John Lennon. I went to Strawberry Fields in Liverpool, England 3 years ago. And now, finally those 2 places have got linked in my mind.

What really happened 27 years ago was, John was singing that the world had to be as one. And when John was killed, the world get along as one and became all sad. Ironically sad. R.I.P. John. I was born in 1984 but I still am under ur influence now on.



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And I walked inside the park, there are many people sun-bathing, jogging, walking. Really peaceful. I wish every city has this kind of relaxing place for every working people.

And I left the park and came to Midtown again. Hello, how's goin' New York?



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...And some Yellow Cabs?



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When I travel, I always bring some CDs (Some of u know that, I hate iPod) to listen. Thin Lizzy for Dublin, THE WHO for Brighton, MANIC STREET PREACHERS for Cardiff, etc. So firstly I thought I should've brought some CDs to New York, but I could've been too many. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, TALKING HEADS, NEW YORK DOLLS, RAMONES, PATTI SMITH, ANTHRAX (don't laugh, motherfucker) , RANCID, etc.

However, I realised it can be anything to come to my mind when I'm walking in New York. THE POLICE, U2, OASIS, COLDPLAY, anything.

I met some beautiful songs, which are not that new ones nowadays. With those sympathic thoughts, especially to think about someone, my mind flies away from here and find my body sinking deeper.



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When I came across the Hard Rock Cafe, I heard they playing "I Wanna Be Sadated" by RAMONES and some idea came to my mind.

So I went to some corners which are very famous for me and my friends.



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53rd And 3rd.



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52nd And Broadway.

And a very famous venue in New York.



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If u like Rock music, I don't need to explain, right?

And there is one more place I have to visit in Downtown. So I went all way down to Bleecher Street.



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Can u believe this picture? This is C.B.G.B. Sad to see.

There were still visitors like me, leaving the messages. I left mine too. Can u figure it out what I wanna say?



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Before I came here, I checked if there was gonna be any interesting gig in New York, and I found that THE WHITE STRIPES to play at Madison Square Garden. I bet it has been sold out, but I got ticket yesterday, so lucky.



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Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous venue in the world. My first Madison Square Garden experience is THE WHITE STRIPES... A bit funny, because its capacity is 20,000 people but on stage there are only 2 persons.



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I finally came to madison Square Garden now. I've been to many famous venues like, Budokan, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court, Wembley Stadium... is there any more venue I should go? Maybe Shinjuku Loft and Shimokitazawa Shelter...



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The inside of Madison Square Garden is similar to Budokan and Royal Albert Hall but much bigger. There will be Muse, THE CURE, BJORK right here on next 2 months. I wanna be there to see.

Tonight's opening act hasn't been announced. So I didn't expect anything. Show opening time, the opening act came on stage and audience cheered so hugely. I was a bit far from stage to recognise who they are, but as the guy started to sing, I got to know and was so surprised.

He was, NICK CAVE. Fuckin' hell.

NICK CAVE opening for THE WHITE STRIPES... It's too much. What a gig.

He and his new band called GRINDERMAN brought nice psychedelic stuffs. Genius as usual, great musician up to date.



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And after this surprisingly incredible support, finally Jack White and Meg White came on stage.

The gig started without any notification. Jamming few riffs and went into "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground".

THey played like no one is listening to them, more like relaxing and rehearsing for the show but the sound was so tight, especially Jack's guitar. Just incredible.

After a couple of songs Jack introduced himself and Meg to the crowd in style. Changing his symbolic red bizar guitar to the good looking white guitar, cheering the crowd to clap hands and sing along and got onto "Hotel Yorba". That was so brilliant.

They played more new stuff than some fan favourites. Meg took a vocal on "In TheCold, Cold Night". Through the whole show jack's guitar was amazing, and messed with synth some times which is also amazing. Amazing amazing amazing (Sorry I'll fix up this gig review better in Japanese later...)

If u have seem them live before, u will agree with my opinion that Jack's guitar is quite similar to Jimmy Page. He seems to do "One-man Led Zeppelin" on stage. Every riff, every solo, every noizy effect remind me of Jimmy.

About 2 hours show including many songs went on, "Fell In Love With A Girl" and "Ball And Biscuit" brought it to the end. It's funny but frightening to see those 2 persons on stage. Just 2 persons took the stage of Madison Square Fuckin' Garden and entertaining 20,000 crowd, right? It had to be so exciting both them and us.

After a bit long break, those two came back on stage and broke into "Blue Orchid". Great song and great play.

They did many songs on encore as well, like "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "Little Bird", "My Doorbell", etc. Actually around 10 songs more. They played without gaps bitween songs one after another. So tight.

Then finally regular show closer "Seven Nation Army" came on, crownd went mad. Actually the crowd over here is rally quiet and gentle compared with the crowd in England. There are many drunk people even in the gig of the bands like RADIOHEAD, COLDPLAY, etc. That's so annoying if the music is something serious. I was happy to be here with gentle crowd, but I'm not sure about Saturday. U know what I mean? There'll be one of the most agressive band in music history in New York on Saturday...

After "Seven Nation Army", Jack told us that there was one more song. Usually that song is the show closer most of the time, so I think that's the special thing.

And song was "Boll Weevil". Nice ending, made everybody here went back home happily.

Actually, I wanna see THE WHITE STRIPES in much smaller venue. Madison Square Garden is too big. They'll play in London in October but the venue will be O2 arena(changed the name from Dockland Arena), Too big ,too.

4 years ago, they played at Drum Logos in Fukuoka, but I and Genki weren't into them that much and didn't expect they'd become so popular... Do u remember, Genki?

Anyway, that was my first experience at Madison Square Garden.

I have a bit of confidence in my English, but when it comes to write something like blog in English, I found it's pretty difficult. I should spare time for myself to write some more English documents...

Thank u for reading, cheers.



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2007年07月23日

New York Day 3 - Les Paul Night

It was rainy today all day long. So I decided to go shopping.

I went down to Soho and walk around, found there are many cool shops. I bought some shirts and jacket for some reason.

My friend and regular viewer on this blog, Sgt. Vermeer gave me a good information that the legendary guitarist Les Paul is playing at Iridium Jazz Club on Mondays... I can't miss it, but as I checked the information again, they don't accept the people with "T-shirts and jeans" so... That was the reason for my shopping.

I'm still confusing the dollar and prises. It's my first time to have dollars in my wallet, and the coins are not familiar and kind to me. And it looks like a fake money in "Jinsei Game", innit?



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And for example when I see the number "4.99", it automatically regards in pound, not dollar. Pound is almost dubbled price of dollar. So it's a enomous difference between those two currencies.

The word "expensive" doesn't mean much to me here in New York. Everything is so cheap, and food is much better than England.

I went to CD shop as well, and bought some CDs coz it's cheaper than in London. THE WHITE STRIPES, VELVET REVOLVER, BJORK... and to see the charts, i noticed there are some artists from U.K. like LILY ALLEN, AMY WINEHOUSE, KAISER CHIEFS (fuck KAISER CHIEFS), MIKA (fuck MIKA) etc. British indie music is still going on U.S. scene. it's remarkable.

And finally I bought "Zeitgeist", THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' brand new album after 7 years hiatus. What u think about it? Me? Er, it's sort of reunion, OK?



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I ate something look like typical American food in the Manhattan Mall. It's Philly cheese steak sandwich... It's nice actually.



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I know some people say England is the worst country for foods. Don't worry guys. England is not the worst, but 2nd worst country for me. The worst country for food I've ever been is... Netherlands.

8 P.M., After I change the clothes finally I went to Iridium Jazz Club. There was long line (u know, not queue) to the entrance. I asked to the guy and he said...


"Tonight is sold out."


No way, c'mon, plz let me in... I was disappointed but the Aussie man next to me told me that there is a waiting list, and I asked again with him to enter the venue.

Just after a few minutes, we could enter... Thank New York, u know, I have this kind of fortune always, always only for music. When I went to see Metallica, Pixies, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, etc. I don't know why but I can get ticket so easily. Thank god, whoever god of music, John, Jimi, Kurt, Dimebag, whoever.



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Do u ever know that the name Les Paul is actually the name of the guitarist? So the Gibson Les Paul is naturally signature model of him.

He invented many fingering technics and recording skills, he is one of the most important guitarist on music history.

He is 92 year old now, and still playing so well.



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Iridium Jazz Club is cosy small venue. The view to the stage is great so far. He came on stage soon and looked so fine. Seeing his signature guitar was so special, it's been in the history and legend in everybody's mind.



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He and his trio played some Jazz and Blues standard. And the dinner was beautiful too. Lovely, lovely. Thanks again to my friend, Sgt. Vermeer...

Great music, great foods, great people... OMFG, I'm almost in love with New York. What a wonderful night...



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2007年07月22日

New York Day 2 - I Am In New York Now

Ciao bella, come stai?

I've just arrived last night in New York, and today is the first day to go around.

Sorry it's in English, I can't use Jap here in my hostel's free computer...

My hostel is located in Upper West Side, next to Central Park and Columbia Uni., nice quiet area so far.

Today I just got subway (u know, not tube) to the south end of Central Park and walked to Times Square. Since today is Sunday, there are markets around there on the street.

When I arrived at Times Square, I felt exactly the same as when I arrived at Trafalgar Square in London 3 years ago. "New York exists". I have to see with my eyes the things first before I start mentioning about them. I really hate the people who don't ever do that.



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Well, I gave myself fuck in Times Square. I just got hungry and look for some foods, then I found there was...



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I made a mistake when I went to Hong Kong 2 months ago. My friends told me "If u don't tell us what u wanna eat, we'll take u to Yoshinoya, OK?" ...but I just realised that we can't eat beef bowl in Yoshinoya in Japan, but we can in Hong Kong... OMFG. So I stepped into Yoshinoya this time and enjoy beef bowl. They don't have "Tsuyudaku" and eggs. I remember I used to order "Tokumori to tamago" when I was in Japan.

It has very similar taste, I think...



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Just came across Times Square, I kept walking down to Broadway and some avenues like "amida-kuji" wise.



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Passing many theaters (u know, not theatres), had been walking like, er, 4 or 5 hours...



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I saw around Soho, Union Square, Washington Suare, Greenwich Village, Tribeca...


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And Grond Zero. Sadly Ground Zero reminds me almost nothing as 7 years passed on now since the whole world chenged to the filthy bloodthirsty war mode. Now on construction of the new buildings over there. New York has to be city of the restart point to remember what the peace exactly is. What to think right here is difficult since U.S. began attacking Middle East...



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Finally I arrived at Battery Park, the end of Manhattan Island. Viewing over the sea, I found the Statue Of Liberty (Jiyu No Megami). I'd go of I have spare time... Sorry, but not interested in it much...



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New York is a huge city, too huge to decide what to do first. The streets are comfortably wide and so clean, it remnds me of Tokyo. There are some European style old buildings around here, it reminds me of London, and also bunch of rigid avertisements on the streets, it reminds me of Hong Kong. Every city is linked somehow.

I guess it's not an artisti-que experience to stay in New York, but yes, it means a lot to me. I nearly lost the reason why I'm living in London now. Not saying New York, but somewhere else, why not?

In my room, there are German guy and girl from Islael. they all have a long-distance partner. She has boyfriend in Canada, and he has girlfriend in Netherlands and I and she said "Shut the fuck up" to him. From Germany to Netherlands means nothing for us.



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It's hot and dry right here. Finally I felt, yes, here comes summer... I like summer and there isn't summer in London yet. So much depressing after all these days shitty disgusting pretty-much-fucked-up wheather in London.

Thanks for ur supprt to let me come over here, I really appreciate.

Cheers (u know, cheers) mate.


P.S.

>Yuriko

Thanks for these days in London. Safe journey home, see u soon.


>Macchan

I'm not turning to American, not that cheezy creepy guy, u know? I'm from...


>Hye Young

Tell me what u want from New York. I won't give u a fuss, sister.



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2007年07月20日

では、行ってきます

近頃全くと言っていい程更新していませんでした。どうもすみません。記事は書くだけ書いてはいたのですが、いつかまとめて載せます。いつか。

いろいろありました。

2年近く働いていたレストランを辞めました。お陰で料理が随分と巧くなりました。随分と理不尽な事もありましたが、最後の日、店に残って一緒に飲んでいた先輩2人から思いもかけない言葉をもらい、しんみりした別れにはしないつもりが感動しきってしまいました。いつもは素気無い彼等が、そんなに僕の事を良く見ていてもらえたなんて、本当に頭が上がりません。

日本の心理学の権威、河合隼雄先生が逝去されました。昨年倒れられて以来、闘病を続けておられましたが・・・。ご冥福をお祈りいたします。お会いする事は遂に叶いませんでしたが、母がお世話になりました。僕が幼い頃、母の職場に連れて行かれ、母の同僚の方々や ”子ども達” と遊んでもらっていたあの場所には、いつもたくさんの箱庭がありました。その箱庭の意味が分かったのは、ほんの数年前の事でした。


今日から僕は旅に出ます。

行き先は、New York。どんな所でしょうか。未知の場所に対する、言い様の無い期待が僕を取り巻いています。

16歳、高校1年生の丁度今頃に叶えられなかった夢を、叶えてきます。

では、旅先から更新出来たら、また。
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2007年07月07日

Yoshitaka TV

これはパクリではなく、オマージュです。暇つぶしにどうぞ。

第一回Yoshitaka T.V.開催です。

では、先日 ”YoshitakaさんってXXXXを観た事が無いんですか?” という発言を頂いてテーマは ”まだ見ぬ大物シリーズ” でまいります。いくら僕でも、まだ観ぬ大物はいますよ、そりゃあ。



次の再結成はいつでしょうか。アメリカ一歌の巧いヴォーカリスト。永遠に僕のヒーロー。






ゲイ。





ゲイその2。





ゲイその3。





やる気の無い人。





そこから連想。





路線を変えてみよう。ドイツ一歌の巧いヴォーカリスト。





更に路線を変えてみよう。





あまりこちらに来てくれません。





向こうに行かないと観られなさそう。





僕と入れ違いでこちらに来ます。





ここら辺でお別れです。サマソニに行く人、僕の分までこの曲で踊ってください。

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2007年07月06日

夏が来ない

Londonが今、極端に寒くて参っています。明日は最低気温が3度だそうです。信じられません。

Summer Sonic 2007にSUICIDAL TENDENCIESが出演するそうです。先月Londonでライブを観たところです。80年代のU.S.西海岸が好きな人は絶対に観てください。

ところで、礼儀をわきまえない人が嫌いです。言語理解力の無い人が嫌いです。自分の中に正義を作っている人が嫌いです。いつも ”自分が周りとの関係を切っていっている” と思っていながら本当は ”周りが自分から離れていっている” という人が嫌いです。何とでも言ってください。ならば言いましょう。僕が正義です。
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