I had an interesting dialogue with my best chum Takashi Ikegami, at the Aoyama Book Center in Tokyo.
It was meant as a launch event for my latest book (translated as "Symposium of the Brains"), but we talked out of the context as always.
I tend to judge people by the high tension. Takashi's tension is as lofty as ever. It flies sky high. His day time job is professor at the prestigious University of Tokyo, but he wears Aloha and jeans during office time all the same. Fashion statement is a wonderful channel of philosophy. I have weathered this whole year with only a single pair of trousers and jacket, augmented by a collection of T-shirts.
I am always looking for a person with high tension. When your counterpart is earnest, full of energy, and committed, through the dialogue one can fly high up in the air. Last night, with Takashi, the whole audience witnessed lofty mountains and distant oceans. The cityscapes of Tokyo diminished into the background.
High tension professor in aloha. Best chum Takashi Ikegami.