February 22, 2017 (Tosh's Diary) Japan
When I want to feel someone, not like me, I go to the Ginza district in Tokyo. I like to go window-shopping and imagine that I'm purchasing objects that I can't realistically afford. I have always been attracted to music shops that sell not only CD's but also instruments that I can't play. I live in an imaginary world where I'm a master musician. The great thing about Tokyo is that there are endless things to see, and therefore worlds that one can enter, without the knowledge of that world. I'm also fond of the neon lighting in the Ginza. Soft compared to the harsh light of such locations as Shinjuku or Shibuya.
Ginza to me represents 1960s gangsters hanging out in a bar. I only know this due that I have watched many comedies as well as gangster films that take place in the Ginza. Whatever this is true or not is not something I'm concerned about. It's similar to going to Disneyland and being a concern if Mickey Mouse exists or not in real life. I'm blessed in the sense that I never care about the reality of the place or situation, but what is important is how I imagine the place.
I leave Tokyo today for Kyoto. I often think that there is a connection between the two cities. Again, my knowledge is only attached to what I think - it could be just the name "Kyoto" that brings up images in my head. I'll let you know when I get there.