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Monday, July 9, 2012

Helicopter Man

Kazumi Kurigami made a number of commercials that were done well.

Now, the day after that post was made, I asked dear Wifey about the helicopter.

"Oh, that's Issei Miyake..."

Issei who?

Though he's more well known for the turtlenecks he gave to Steve, he's a force to reckon with. A piece of history.

When you watch something like this:

When you watch something like that that erases your matrix and then witness the reloading, it might just do something to you. Apparently, the 'man in a helicopter' was something like seven when he saw history unfold, erase, and then start all over again.

For him, it might just have inspired him to say, "What the fuck?"
(Or some approximation of that)

Yeah, watching it all sort of 'go boom' might do something to a person. 

A person might then go on to lead a life to do pretty much whatever they really wanted to do in the face of the 'shouganai' copout that people pretty much have succeeding in mind-fucking themselves with. 

Miyake and the people who were working with him when he was doing things for Parco had a huge impact on the 'gaikoku' that pretty much, in my ignorant and whatever opinion, impressed a lot of the world. 

And a lot of us got 'sucked in' to where we are now. Their creativity attracted a fair number of us, okay - me at least, to this land of the rising fallout. I naively expected people to know names like Eiko, Keiko Matsui,and Masayoshi Takanaka (played with Santana once upon a time). But, nooooooo! There are very few people who didn't give that blank stare. (Think I gained maybe just a little respect from an engineer who happened to have an interest in quantum physics and music when I mentioned that Takanaka was an influence for my deciding to come to Japan... whatever)

But that man in a helicopter clip... it showed something. Wifey saw it once and understood, almost effortlessly. The bitch.
"Yeah, those are his girls, he's introducing them to the world." 
What I can't figure out is... what the hell has gone on since then?

Issei lives. Eiko is with us no longer. It's almost like they thought forward and almost everyone else thinks backward, if at all. Which is not quite true. Sometime, you just gotta step back from it all.

The world... yeah, it sure is an interesting place live. Never a dull moment. I could use a good campfire now and again. Take some time out or something. 



  1. WOW!!

    I knew that spot the instance I saw it. "Devastation trail" It has a unique in the world kinda image and it hit me instantly. I have stood exactly where Issei hovered....exactly.

    What a trip. I'm looking at a pic of me at the entrance right now.

    off topic....but not really.

    1. Had no idea where the commercial was shot.Thanks for showing me Devastation Trail. Just checked Wiki too and learned a little more... just learned about Pele's hair and tears. Will definitely check the crater out if we ever make it to the big island.

      Thank you.

    2. Volcanoes national park. I personally recomend it and the next day visit Hapuna beach. Having seen some of the best in the world it is the best.

      Something magical. White sand..local sparse crowds, good boogie boarding shore break when the tide goes out and some really cool lava tubes.

      I feel good just thinking about the place

      One of the happiest days of my life. I connected with the Islands on THIS day...a bond that will stay till I die.

    3. The Bad Boy near beach photo. The blue horizon sure is distracting. Places like Hapuna are hard for me to visit without me thinking about those big questions on the way back. And somehow, I've managed to go to a number of places where someone says, "Dude, I live just down the street. People do actually live here, you know. You just gotta be willing to slow down and let it embrace you." At that point, I'm covering my ears, and maybe screaming, "I'm a fucking tourist, okay?" As I run away, trying to forget.

      Volcanoes National Park... hmmm.

  2. What is the point of life when you live a fuck it type of life? I went through a situation, where I lost the person closest to me up to that point, at the majorly impressioning age of 20 and I wanted to make something of all the pain and suffering that took place that previous year. I did make it by the way, and still paving my path from that situation.

    I just don't understand it. Then again, westerners aren't smart enough to understand japanese, right?

    1. Congratulations for getting through a tough spot and choosing to continue on. I'm totally for finding meaning, even if I never really 'get there'.

      Japan tends to be very top-down in terms of the way the culture is managed from above. I left a sort of lengthy comment on the Confessions blog that addresses the way I understand this place to function.

      Even though your last question is most likely rhetorical, I ran across an article a few months ago that was written by someone visiting (for maybe six weeks?). He gave his prognosis, which was pretty much dead on... in his final comments, he wished people luck in a way that reminds me of when a person goes in for chemotherapy. If I find the article again, I'll definitely put it in a post.

      If your campus library has a copy of Eiko by Eiko, definitely worth taking a look at for anyone looking for inspiration. Next time I'm back in the US, I'll look for my copy to bring back with me... a copy that might have been stolen now that I think about it. If it was stolen, odds are it was by a fellow who ended up... have to save that for another post.