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The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

My quest for the eternal lightness

“It is hard to be an individual in Japan”
Haruki Murakami

I’ve finally hopped onto a bullet train paying an exorbitant fare. Boarded the Shinkansen at Okuyama, conjecturing my way out of Sakaide, from which the now famous Oka-sen Udon originated, to Kyoto, the birthplace of Haruki Murakami. Trust me, Japan’s complex train line is a tough challenge when you speak little Japanese and all alone in the city.

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I’m off now to roam the city as I was told last night that Osaka is the home to the powerful Yakuza.

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