|a normal shopping scene en route to Solamachi|
Birthday's are a weird thing; it's the anniversary of coming into this life, this reality we share...each candle we earn is our tally for essentially beating the odds; another year without getting hit by a bus, developing a fatal illness, tripping in front of a train, getting trampled by a rogue cow...these things happen every day (well, maybe not the cow attacks)... Another year of life is a victory, yet many people bitterly remark, "another year closer to death!"...which is true, of course. Every year is another step away from childhood and closer to being elderly, with all the problems that come along with it; but the way I see it, we could all die tomorrow; a comet could smash into the planet, obliterating life as we know it..so why dwell on the inevitability of mortality during what should otherwise be a celebration of survival?
|Yuka-chan with an agemanjyu|
This is not to say that I'm alone; in fact, I have been blessed with a wonderful, supportive and loving group of friends who are as goofy and curious as I am. These wonderful people ensured that I did not sit at home pouting and overly analyzing the value of my continued existence alone. On the date of my birthday, my good friend Yuka took me to Sensoji temple in Asakusa. From there, we walked to the newly built and opened Sky Tree and the underlying shopping complex dubbed "SolaMachi", or "Solar-City", only to eventually wind up in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku, at an izakaya staffed by professional wrestlers. Quite a way to celebrate a quarter of a century of life, no?
|bibimbap at Solamachi|
|Liver tataki at エビスコ|
|Chicken tataki at エビスコ|
|Kabukicho at night|