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人面犬

STARBUCKS must be storming over this world. I was shocked to see so many people were queuing to its new store in Ueno Park. STARBUCKS was also taking over Dublin when I visited there for the first time in several years. Two of their stores were facing each other across the street. It was an astonishing scene. Having said that, I still go to their shops often. I found this picture in one STARBUCKS. Doesn’t look like a human-faced dog?

This picture stirred a memory from my past of when I was a junior high school student. I even remember what one of my classmates said, huffing and puffing as she slid open the door to our classroom.

“We’re in danger! Human-faced dogs are coming to Tohoku!”

What? Human-faced dogs? I dazed at her with a puzzled expression. My classmate was amazed with my ignorance and explained to me what they were. According to her, a human-faced dog was a creature with a human head but a body of a dog and that two human-faced dogs were heading to Tohoku, which is in the North East part of Japan. Specifically, one was supposed to look like a businessman and the other was a woman with one length hair cut.

I pictured them in my mind: a dog with a face of an old man wearing glasses, and a dog with long hair and too much make-up on. The image was terrifying.

This is the late 80’s, during Japan’s bubble era. It was a time when lots of kids believed in ridiculous rumors like you would go blind if you pulled a white thread through the hole of an ear piercing. There was no Internet yet at that time too, so I did my research on these so-called human-faced dogs based on teen magazines and so on. As a result of my effort, I got some information about the creature, which are as follows.

  1. They could run at 140 kilometers per hour.
  2. They could jump 6 meters high.
  3. Their skin color is greenish because they photosynthesize.
  4. If they bite you, you would be transformed into a human-faced dog.

The human-faced dog seemed to be the fiercest creature on earth. They could survive without food as long as they stayed under the sun. If you were unlucky enough to meet them, there would be no way to escape. Imagine living a life, not as a dog, but as a human-faced dog. How would that be? Needless to say, hideous.

人面犬2For some time I would often look back while walking, chickened out from my friend’s tale. By the way, human-faced fish got a lot of media attention then too. However, no one knows there were teenagers like me who were trembling with fear of an encounter with human-faced dogs.

Coming back to the picture I found in a STARBUCKS. Human-faced dogs might be in fact, taking over the world underneath the surface. Or that my imagination is going a little too far with a cup of coffee.

 

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I haven’t updated this blog for a moth. Well, let’s leave that as it may be.

I went to see a Hong Kong movie, Cold War in Shinjuku. Normally I wouldn’t but this time I bought an advanced ticket, as it would come with the movie’s postcard.寒戦postcard To be honest, I already watched the movie several months before on a flight, because its blurb sounded so attractive. It said Cold War  exceeded Infernal Affair, the original story of Academy Awarded-winning Departed.

I developed a huge crush for one of characters whose name was Arnold played by Gordon Lam. Since then, I have become his fan. Sometimes I look vide interviews on You Tube and watch them, even though I have no idea what he is talking about. It gives me bittersweet feelings.

Gordon Lam has played supporting roles in movies starring Andy Lau or ones directed by Johnnie To. He looks so different depending on which character he plays. I remember someone saying “Emma Thompson is Emma Thompson in every film,” which was why the actress was not his favorite. Some actors look exactly the same no matter what character they play. But Gordon Lam is never that kind. I think he is a really good and attractive actor.

If only I could see Gordon Lam in person! Right now I feel as if I were a teenage girl who is in love with a pop idol.

I haven’t mentioned the storyline of Cold War so far, but I would say it’s enjoyable enough. Tony Leung Ka-fai’s dazzling performance definitely makes the movie lively and it is worth watching.

One thing, Arnold’s last scene is a bit disappointing though.

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It stopped raining, broke into sunshine, and a big rainbow appeared. The air cleansed by the rain felt so nice. I recalled a word of wisdom that a boy I once saw on a TV variety program mentioned. “Mr. Tanaka, you know what? Rainy days never stay!” It might sound like a cliché and he might have just read if off from script. Even so, it got to me since I felt down at that time. I sent a text to one of my workmate and told him about it. He replied: “ That’s right. It is also said that the night is long that never finds the day.”

That was impressive. People seem to have words of wisdom in them. What is yours? Now, I have several words of wisdom in me. The most stunning one is by Jakucho Setouchi, a famous Buddhist nun and writer. She said it in a life counseling program of NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation. However, I’ll talk about it another time.

Rainbow

photo by: homer4k