Lost in Translation

Trip Start Jan 24, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Friday, August 10, 2012

Per Winfree:s suggestion, I downloaded and watched the Bill Murray movie Lost in Translation.  I watched it years ago and remember being very bored but it was awesome upon rewatching.  It is smart, funny, sad, cinematic, with great acting and good characters and stories.  I really enjoyed it. 

Today I went to where some of the scenes were shot, mainly the Shibuya area where there are giant advertising video screens on buildings.  It:s like Tokyo:s version of Times Square in NYC.  It was fast paced and interesting to people watch for a couple of hours. 

Speaking of movies, the Fast and Furious 3, tokyo drift, was filmed here.  Here:s a quote I like from that movie

'For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost. For want of a horseshoe,
the steed was lost. For want of a steed, the message was not delivered.
For want of an undelivered message, the war was lost.'

It fits in the movie well.  It basically means to me something you consider unimportant may very well be important.

I also like that movie because one of the characters is called The DK, Drift King.

My favorite thing I saw was the Hachiko statue, of a dog.  Here:s the story behind the statue,

In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station.  (this was copied from Wikipedia)

The story touched the locals and the built a statue of the dog there.  It:s now a commonplace to meet up with your someone. 

There aren't many fat men in Tokyo but whenever I see one I want to ask him if he:s a sumo wrestler. 

I had some sushi tonight from a take away place and it was great.  I also found some other good, not to expensive local restaurants around the hostel.  One serves chicken rice bowls and another iced coffee. 
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Rachel on

I was almost going to commenet, "I bet you got this from Wikipedia"... but you admitted it. Cool.

timbfisher on

Cool. I didn't want to violate international internet copyright laws.

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