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Bueno?? Ueno?!


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It was years ago.
One summer,
my friend Michelangelo from San Diego
came to Japan on a scholarship.

I happend to be back home, too.
Needless to say, we went all over Tokyo doing crazy stuff.

Ueno has one particular memory associated from the visit.
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One afternoon, I was already in Ueno with a friend.
We had just come out from one of the museums
when I got a call from Michelangelo.

Here's the transcription of the conversation:

Yas: "Hello?"
MA: "Hey, what's up? What are you guys doing?"
Yas: "Hello? Can you hear me?"
MA: "Bad reception, can you hear me now?"
Yas: "Oh, yes, finally!!"
MA: "Good. What are you doing?"
Yas: "we just went to the musuem and now we're out."
MA: "Where is that? Where are you?"
Yas: "Ueno."
MA: "Bueno? Bueno? Can you hear me?"
Yas: "Yes, I can hear you. I said, 'we are in Ueno.'"
MA: "Bueno? Can you hear me??"
Yas: "I'm not saying 'Bueno'!! I'm saying Ueno!!"

Basically, this is how the conversation went.

We couldn't hear each other well because of the bad reception,
but when I said "Ueno", Michelanglo thought I was saying "Bueno"
as in "Hello?" on the phone used by Mexican Spanish speakers.

I thought it was hilarious!!

Being back in Ueno Park remained me of that episode.

Good times...

Other memories resurfaced from being here, too.
I wondered what my life would've been like,
if things played out differently.
Would I be living here? Would I be singing?
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I came here to see the cherry blossom.
The declaration of cherry blossom has been issued this week.

Spending too much time alone these days
has put my head work overtime, apparently...
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Look at this.
And look again. Something wrong?
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This is not the real façade of a temple, it's merely a painting!!
The temple is undergoing some kind of construction,
so it's a temporary solution to such facelift.

Weird...

We the Japanese are stereotyped to be
always with a camera, always taking pictures.
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After watching these people gathering around the cherry blossom
to take pictures of it with their various tools,
I couldn't help but surrender myself to the cliché and join in.
(I myself used three cameras... My camera, iPhone, my Japanese cellphone!!)

Spring is here... or is it not???
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by yas-unprescribed | 2011-04-01 00:10 | English

気まま我儘に生きるYasの人生を、正直率直に、そして飾らなく語るブログです。 This is a blog where Yas talks about his life in a foreign land seen through his bizarre and frivolous, yet sincere eyes
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