The Raglan Road of Tokyo

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Life from the Raglan Road of Tokyo

Sunday, November 2

Saving Mount Takao

Moving quickly on from the topic of lucky Australians, I want to admit that I stupidly climbed Mount Fuji on a Japanese national holiday (Marine Day, ironically enough) in 2001. We queued our way to the top of the "big pile of lava," as my uncle called it, and it took us 10 hours. It wasn't fun.

Sometime later we found Mount Takao and got the experience we had wanted from Fuji. Tranquility, communing with nature, and a sense of well-being. It really felt like a sacred mountain. The peace I experienced at the top is hard to describe.

This morning, I learnt that in true "Dogs and Demons" fashion, the Japanese government wants to bore big holes through this beautiful mountain and build motorway tunnels through it.

Japanese people are slowly beginning to wise up to this kind of disgrace though, and the destruction of Takao is thankfully being opposed at grassroot level. Tomorrow, from 1-7pm, the SaveTakao.Com people are holding a big outdoor music festival on the mountain to protest the destruction. Some big local names playing too. Well, that's my Monday decided.

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Gaien Higashi Dori means Outer Gardens (of the Meiji Shrine) Ave. East. It is one of the beautiful big leafy avenues that winds through the center of Tokyo.

Raglan Road is a poem and song about love and loss by one of the finest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Patrick Kavanagh.