The Raglan Road of Tokyo

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Sunday, November 9

The Vortex

Our apartment is a vortex. People get sucked in on Friday evenings and don't leave until Monday mornings. It has always been like that. This weekend is the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup, and all the expats have a team to cheer. Meanwhile, in the background, Japan is having a general election today. As we sit here watching rugby, Japan is probably re-affirming the status quo and electing the LDP again. The manifestos have proved almost completely meaningless, and nothing is going to change. Voter turnout will probably be at an all-time low. At a recent by-election for Saitama Prefecture that was seen as a harbinger for today's election, only 27% of the electorate turned out to vote. Pretty bad that. Much more attention seems focused on the Women's Volleyball World Cup currently taking place in Tokyo. So, we the expats sit grouped in small apartments watching rugby, they the Japanese check out the volleyball, and dodgy old men get elected once again. Who cares though? The game starts at 4.15 and we're going to beat the French.

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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.